Maintenance is ongoing financial support, paid by one party to a marriage or de facto relationship (including same sex couples) to the other. It is payable when one party is unable to adequately support themselves, and the other party has the capacity to pay after meeting reasonable living expenses. Maintenance and child support are not the same. Maintenance may be payable in addition to child support.
If an agreement can be reached without the need for Family Court proceedings, that agreement can be formalised by making an application for Consent Orders to the Family Court.
If an agreement cannot be reached, our lawyers will make or respond to an application for spousal or de facto maintenance on your behalf.