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Family Law

Spousal Maintenance

Advice to parties following a relationship breakdown as to ongoing financial support.

Often in relationships one party is financially dependent on the other for payment of living expenses. Following the breakdown of a relationship, we assist our clients in identifying if there is a need for spousal maintenance or whether you may be liable for spousal maintenance from the other party.

Both parties have an equal duty to financially support and maintain each other as far as they can. This obligation can continue even after separation and divorce.

The Court considers a number of factors including the needs of a person and the extent that the other is able to pay these costs from their own abilities, property or resources.

Our team is experienced in assessing a party’s financial situation and providing advice in relation to spousal maintenance matters.

If consent is unable to be reached, an application can be made to the Family Court of Australia.

How can we help you?

  • We can assess if you or the other party has a claim in relation to spousal maintenance
  • Advise on a range of support provided and given
  • Advise on the duration of the financial support

Our Spousal Maintenance Lawyers

Rosy Roberts


Rosy Roberts

Rosy has extensive experience in Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution having represented clients in all Victorian State Courts, the Family Court of Australia and the High Court of Australia. She is also a VCAT appointed...

Margaret Girardi

Senior Associate

Margaret Girardi

Senior Associate
Margaret is a Senior Associate at the firm and practices predominantly in the area of family law.

Shabitha Sumanathasa

Shabitha works in various other areas including litigation, family law and property law.
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