Family Law

Spousal Maintenance

Spousal maintenance is a crucial component in Family Law. Stanford Legal, with some of the leading spousal maintenance lawyers in Ipswich and beyond, is your partner in guiding and assisting you through the complexities of spousal maintenance. We strive to ensure a fair outcome for all parties involved.
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Understanding spousal maintenance with Stanford Legal

Why is spousal maintenance so essential? And why do so many turn to Stanford Legal for assistance?

A Tailored Approach: Every spousal maintenance case is distinct. Our family law team crafts strategies unique to you to reflect your unique circumstances.
Proficient Legal Counsel: Our depth of knowledge when it comes to spousal maintenance ensures you’re well-informed, empowered and protected at every stage.
Transparent Communication: We break down the legal jargon and complex fineprint, ensuring you grasp every detail, from rights and responsibilities to potential outcomes.

Key components of spousal maintenance

Spousal maintenance isn't solely about financial support. It's about balance, equity and fairness. Some aspects we handle include:
Determining eligibility:

Assessing the financial needs of the claimant and the respondent’s capacity to pay.

Duration & amount:

Deciding on the amount of maintenance and the period for which it will be provided.

Variation & termination:

Helping you understand situations that may alter or end maintenance obligations.

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Empathy – Whether you’re seeking to buy a new property or facing the stresses of organising child living arrangements – we’ll treat your matter with complete empathy maintained with total objectivity. Everyone deserves a fair resolution and achieving this through amicable means is our first port of call.

Education – You’ll be educated in your legal matter from our initial consultation right until its conclusion. We’ll provide you all the tools necessary so you can navigate the legal process with confidence. This helps to remove your stress and put your best foot forward.

Empowerment – A natural byproduct of our first two values, you’ll gain the empowerment to feel in control of your individual case. You’ll have the confidence when it comes to understanding what’s happening and what actions to take next. We make your most important life decisions with you, not for you.

Your lawyers for spousal maintenance

If you’re navigating the challenges of spousal maintenance, ensure you have the best representation. As the trusted spousal maintenance lawyers for Ipswich and the surrounding area, Stanford Legal is dedicated to safeguarding your interests and providing you with clarity.

Spousal Maintenance FAQs


Eligibility for spousal maintenance is determined based on the need for financial support by one partner and the other partner’s capacity to provide that support. 

Factors considered include the age and health of both parties, their income, earning capacity, and overall financial resources, as well as the standard of living enjoyed during the marriage. The court also looks at whether one partner has care and control of children under 18 from the marriage. 

To establish eligibility, you must demonstrate that you cannot meet your own reasonable expenses from your personal income or assets. 

Contact our team to establish your eligibility for spousal maintenance.

Spousal maintenance is not calculated by a strict formula; instead, it is based on what the court considers reasonable for one partner to pay and the other to receive, depending on the circumstances.

Yes, you can apply for spousal maintenance after divorce in Australia. However, you must make the application within 12 months of your divorce becoming final. If you apply after this period, you will need the court’s permission, which is granted only under exceptional circumstances.  

Seeking legal advice with our Ipswich Divorce Lawyers can help ensure that your application is timely and well-prepared, increasing your chances of a favourable outcome.



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