Spousal maintenance otherwise known as alimony is financial support paid by one party to a marriage or de facto relationship to their former spouse where the former spouse is unable to adequately support themselves. Spousal maintenance is discretionary.
In deciding whether you are entitled to spousal support, a Court considers your needs and your former spouse’s capacity to pay. Other relevant factors include both parties’ ages and health, income, property, financial resources, abilities to work, what is a suitable standard of living, and if the relationship has affected their ability to earn an income. A Court also takes into account whether either party has any children living with them.
At Vic Rajah Family Lawyers we are able to advise you about your prospective claim for spousal maintenance and to negotiate this on your behalf and make any necessary application to a Court.