In the event of a relationship breakdown between de facto or married couples, a spouse may be liable to maintain the other.
Through the family court a spouse may be liable to provide spousal maintenance;
- if one spouse (the applicant) is unable to adequately meet his or her own reasonable needs; and
- if the other spouse (the respondent) has the capacity to pay.
It is important to note that spousal maintenance is not child support. Payment of spousal maintenance may be required in addition to child support.
Spousal maintenance is often considered as part of an overall settlement of financial matters. It is most likely to be ordered in cases where one party is “house bound” with the care of young children and therefore unable to exercise their income earning capacity.
Spousal maintenance will usually end upon the completion of a specific event such as completion of training, securing employment etc.
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Payment of Spousal maintenance may be required in addition to child support.