After marriage and separation, either party may be entitled to seek ongoing financial support from their spouse. "Spousal Maintenance", as it is referred to, 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.
As a result of recent legislative changes in Western Australia, these rights are now extended to parties in a defacto relationship including same sex couples.
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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