Family Law Factsheet No. 2: Spousal Maintenance
This factsheet is to help you understand when you can obtain financial assistance from your spouse or partner after you separate.
Spousal maintenance is money paid by a party to their spouse or de facto partner after their separation. It is maintenance for the benefit of the spouse or de facto partner. It is different from child support and can be sought in addition to child support.
This factsheet answers questions including:
- Who can seek spousal maintenance?
- How do you seek spousal maintenance?
- What does the court consider when making an order for spousal maintenance?
- Is there a time limit to apply?
Published on 1 June 2021.