After separation of a marriage or de facto relationship, in some situations a spouse may be entitled to receive, or be required to pay, spousal maintenance. Spousal maintenance may be necessary to adjust for any disparity between the incomes of spouses based on their respective needs. Spousal maintenance is usually only paid for a relatively short period of time. Spousal maintenance is often intended to enable a spouse to retrain, enter the workforce or re-establish themselves.
We invite you to provide everything you would like to tell our lawyers during your first appointment, as well as any questions you have. Some of the information that may be useful could include:
- The age and state of health of each party;
- The income, property and financial resources of each party;
- The mental and physical capacity of each party for gainful employment;
- Whether either party has the care or control of a child;
- Commitments of each party that are necessary to support themselves and a child or other person they have a duty to maintain;
- The eligibility to receive a pension, allowance or benefit;
- A comparison of the difference in standard from during the relationship to after separation for each party;
- Whether spousal maintenance would enable you to undertake education or training to re-establish yourself;
- The duration of the relationship and the effect this has had on your earning capacity;
- If either party is cohabiting with another person, details of that cohabitation;
- Any child support arrangements; and
- Any other relevant fact or circumstance.
You may also want to partially complete a Form 13 Financial Statement. Complete as much as you can of the Form 13 Financial Statement and email it to us as part of your free pre-read.