A person has a responsibility to financially assist their spouse (including de facto and same sex partner) if the spouse’s personal income or assets cannot meet their own reasonable needs. This obligation may continue even after separation and divorce. Applications for spousal maintenance must be made within 12 months of you divorce becoming final. Later applications require special permission to the court which is not always granted.
This is distinct from, but related to, property settlement.
Kelly & McHale Family Lawyers can assist in advising as to a party’s entitlement in relation to spousal maintenance and in seeking maintenance in appropriate cases.