Speak to the expert Spousal Maintenance Lawyer Perth has to offer. Spousal maintenance is intended for spouses who are unable to financially support themselves sufficiently following a separation.
Spousal maintenance is financial support provided by one person to another upon the breakdown of their relationship.
Maintenance is available to married spouses (spousal maintenance) or separated de facto partners (de facto partner maintenance).
In order to claim for spousal maintenance, the party making the claim needs to establish:
- they have the care and control of a child of the marriage who is under 18 years of age;
- their ability to work is impeded by their age or physical or mental incapacity; or
- any other adequate reason.
The level of spousal maintenance depends on the needs of the person making the application and the financial capacity of the former partner to meet that need.
In assessing needs and capacity the court does not take into account any social security allowance or pension that is being paid to the person applying for spousal maintenance.
As spousal maintenance orders are usually made for a limited period, the court will take into account the age or any disability of a party in considering the time-frame for the order.
However, we can assist you to make a spousal maintenance application on an urgent, interim or final basis separately from a property settlement application.
Please contact us to obtain detailed advice regarding spousal maintenance.