Childbirth Maintenance and Family Law

February 25, 2016 – at 6:25 am – by Bodekers Family Lawyers

Are you pregnant and separated from or no longer with the father of your unborn child?  Or have you recently given birth, but are no longer with your partner and the father of your child? Are you wondering what involvement, help or financial assistance your former partner may be required to render you?  These are questions to do with childbirth maintenance.

Q:  What is childbirth maintenance?

This is the financial support that a mother is entitled to receive from the child’s father when the parties are not married. Its purpose is to cover all reasonable costs associated with the pregnancy and childbirth, as well as some living expenses.

Q:  What is the time period associated with childbirth maintenance?

This is generally a 5 month period, spanning from two months prior to the due date to the three months following the birth of the child.

Q: What factors are considered when assessing childbirth maintenance?

When determining the amount of childbirth maintenance you may be entitled to, the court will consider the following for both parties:

  • income;
  • earning capacity;
  • property;
  • financial resources; and
  • commitments of each party to support themselves, and their duty to maintain any other child or person.

Q:  Am I entitled to childbirth maintenance?

You may be entitled to childbirth maintenance.  This can be determined by discussing your particular situation with Shannon Bodeker, who is very experienced in these matters.

Prior to your first appointment, we invite you to send us an email, fax or similar outlining your situation in as much detail as you like. This information will be read on a complimentary basis by a solicitor prior to your first family law appointment.

Please note this is not family law advice. It is important to seek specific family law advice. We are very experienced Perth family law solicitors and can provide you with the very best legal advice regarding childbirth maintenance.

Email our Legal Practitioner Director Shannon Bodeker at info@bodekers.com.au now for your complimentary pre-read and your first appointment at a reduced rate.