At Amanda Little & Associates we can assist you with all aspects of property settlements including Spousal Maintenance. Our clients often ask us what’ is spousal maintenance. Essentially it is a payment to the “disadvantaged party” to cover the costs of their living expenses and needs until they are in a position to support themselves.
There are two types of Spousal Maintenance:
- Urgent or Interim Spousal Maintenance ( made on an urgent and temporary basis);
- Long term Spousal Maintenance ( made on a final basis for a set period of time, or triggered on a certain event.
The primary purpose of maintenance is to adjust the disparity between incomes and earning capacities between parties ( Husband and Wife or de facto partners) and is usually for a short period. It may be made as compensation for economic disadvantage and for a long period if a sufficient adjustment cannot be made by way of property settlement Mitchell & Mitchell (1995) FLC.