The Family Law Act provides that in appropriate circumstances, a person in a marriage or defacto relationship (including same sex couples) can make an Application for Spousal Maintenance, firstly if they can demonstrate they have a need for same and secondly, an Order can be made against the other spouse or partner if that person has the financial ability to contribute towards the other party’s maintenance.


A payment of spousal maintenance is not automatic and if you have financial difficulties in supporting yourself then you will need to obtain advice from one of our experienced Family Law Solicitors.