Spousal maintenance is the right of a person following separation from a marriage or de facto relationship to seek financial assistance with their ongoing living expenses from their former partner. This is different and separate from child support, which relates to the children’s expenses.
Spousal maintenance only relates to the expense of the married or de facto spouse. It can be a valuable right. However, in our system, these entitlements are quite rare and generally for small amounts and for short periods of time. However, this is not always the case.
Parties can enter into Agreements as to spousal maintenance. In particular, a party can enter into a Financial Agreement by which they relinquish any further claim to maintenance other than as specified in the Agreement.
See our Articles about Spousal Maintenance here.