Spousal Maintenance

Am I entitled to maintenance/do I have to pay maintenance and if so, for how long?

Spousal, de facto or same sex couple periodic maintenance may be paid when one party has the financial capacity to pay and when the other party is unable to financially support himself or herself adequately.

In determining whether or not periodic maintenance is paid, each party’s financial income and commitments are assessed.

There is a competing obligation upon the courts to ensure that, as far as practicable, any orders made finally determine the financial relationships between the parties. As a result, there is a tendency for periodic maintenance orders to be for a shorter duration.