Spousal maintenance

In certain circumstances, either you or your former partner may be eligible for spousal maintenance. This is where one party provides financial support to the other party who is in financial need to assist meet their reasonable living expenses on either a short-term or long-term basis.

Spousal maintenance may be justified in circumstances where one party is in real financial need and is unable to pay for their reasonable living expenses and where the other party has the financial capacity to meet the shortfall.

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Spousal maintenance lawyer

Negotiating spousal maintenance can be difficult and is often a contentious area, however in certain circumstances spousal maintenance is both necessary and appropriate to ensure that the party in financial need is adequately supported over either a short term or more long-term basis dependent on their individual circumstances.

Often interim orders are made by the Court requiring spousal maintenance to be paid on a short-term basis until final property orders are made. Interim orders of this type can be a real lifeline for those who earn a modest income or have no income at all – until they can get back on their feet financially.

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How Cargill Family Law can assist you with your spousal maintenance

Our Spousal Maintenance service is available in Ballarat, Bacchus Marsh, Melbourne, and surrounds. We can help with:

  • Advise you of your potential right to receive spousal maintenance or your potential legal obligation to provide spousal maintenance support
  • Assess the amount of spousal maintenance required and the capacity of the other party to meet such payments
  • Negotiate terms concerning the payment of spousal maintenance.

Rachel was an absolute star for me through a tricky and stressful process.

“Her knowledgeable support was invaluable. I always found Rachel very responsive, efficient, calm and confident of the next steps – Rachel, thank you for a great result, your professionalism and knowledge was truly appreciated. I absolutely highly recommend Cargill Family Law.”

– Jacki, Ballarat

Rachel is highly professional, competent and compassionate.

Her attention to detail, and her extremely sensible and well informed advice assisted to guide me through the complexities of my family law matter. I highly recommend Rachel and am very grateful she was recommended to me!

– Sue, Ballarat

Spousal maintenance FAQs

Possibly. In certain circumstances, you may be entitled to receive spousal maintenance from your ex-partner.

Spousal maintenance may be justified in circumstances where one party is in real financial need and is unable to pay for their reasonable living expenses and where the other party has the financial capacity to assist financially (which will usually require them to be on a high income and / or have access to significant funds).

Negotiating spousal maintenance can be difficult and is often a contentious area, however in certain circumstances spousal maintenance is both necessary and appropriate to ensure that the party in financial need is adequately supported over either a short term or more long-term basis depending on their circumstances.

Often interim orders are made by the Court requiring spousal maintenance to be paid on a short-term basis until final property orders are made. Interim orders of this type can be a real lifeline for those who earn a modest income or have no income at all – until they can get back on their feet financially.

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