As a result of recent legislative changes in Western Australia, parties in a defacto relationship including same sex couples now have the same entitlements in relation to Spousal Maintenance.
Spousal maintenance refers to the ongoing financial support either party may be entitled to receive from their spouse. Spousal Maintenance is a payment or other type of benefit received by the party in need of support from the other party. The other party must have a capacity to provide support. This is separate from, but related to, property settlement.
Butlers can advise on your ability to claim for spousal maintenance as well as advise those who are being pursued for spousal maintenance. Proceedings can be commenced to seek and enforce spousal maintenance orders.
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