Spousal Maintenance in Australia (EP 93)

Because understanding your financial rights can change the trajectory of your post-divorce journey.

Join our Senior Associate, Dannielle Young, as she Unveils the Layers of Financial Stability post-separation and dissects the intricacies of spousal maintenance. With her expertise as a seasoned divorce lawyer in Gold Coast. 

Amidst the multifaceted aspects of the Australian Family Law System, spousal maintenance stands out as an often misunderstood yet pivotal pillar, crucial in anchoring families to financial stability during and post-separation. 

Often painted with broad strokes of misconception, spousal maintenance is, in essence, a financial lifeline. It signifies the support one spouse or partner might be obligated to offer the other following a separation or divorce. This necessity frequently arises when there’s a pronounced income or earning capacity disparity between the spouses, leaving one partner unable to sustain themselves adequately.

Throughout the Podcast Dannielle Young will go through some of the factors to be considered when determining the need for spousal maintenance: 

  • Financial resources, including the property and superannuation assets of both parties.
  • The age and state of health of each spouse.
  • Earning capacity and potential.
  • Responsibilities centred around child support.
  • The accustomed standard of living.
  • Potential avenues for financial growth in the foreseeable future.


Intrigued? Elevate your understanding by tuning in. Listen to illuminate the nuances of spousal maintenance in the Divorce Collective Podcast.

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  1. What is the primary purpose of spousal maintenance?

Spousal maintenance aims to ensure that both spouses can maintain a reasonable standard of living post-separation, especially when one has been financially dependent on the other during the relationship.

  1. How long does spousal maintenance last?  

The duration of spousal maintenance varies and can be temporary or permanent, depending on the specific circumstances of each case. Factors such as the length of the marriage and the recipient’s ability to become self-supporting play a role.

  1. Can spousal maintenance be modified?  

Yes, spousal maintenance can be adjusted based on changes in circumstances. Either party can request a modification if there’s a significant change in financial needs or the ability to pay.

Disclaimer: The content provided in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Readers should always consult with a qualified attorney for specific legal guidance.
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