Swanwick Murray Roche – Rockhampton & CQ Family Lawyers and Solicitors
What is spouse maintenance?
Spouse maintenance arises where a person has a responsibility to financially assist their spouse or former de facto partner, if that person cannot meet their own reasonable expenses from their personal income or assets.
Where the need exists, both parties have an equal duty to support and maintain each other as far as they can. This obligation can continue even after separation and divorce. The extent of the support depends on what the other party can afford to pay.
The Family Court or Federal Circuit Court deal with two types of spousal maintenance applications:
- Spouse maintenance is financial support paid by a party to a marriage to their former husband or wife in circumstances where they are unable to adequately support themselves.
- De facto partner maintenance is financial support paid by a party to a de facto relationship that has broken down to their former de facto partner in circumstances where they are unable to adequately support themselves.
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- Josie Finlayson – Family Paralegal
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