Many of my clients, especially women, ask me, ‘am I entitled to spousal maintenance (also known as alimony) if I get a divorce?’
The short answer is: ‘it depends.’
Unlike other jurisdictions, Australian Family Law favours what is known as the ‘clean break principle.’ This means that when parties separate or divorce, it is better that they are awarded a lump sum property settlement rather than an ongoing or periodic payment.
However, there are many circumstances where such a lump sum payment does not adequately provide for one of the parties to support him or herself. In these circumstances you may be entitled to spousal maintenance or alimony payments.
It is important to get the right legal advice. At Testart Family Lawyers, we pride ourselves in knowing the legislation so that we can get you the financial settlement you are entitled to. So, if you are wondering whether you might be entitled to spousal maintenance or alimony, call us now for a free, no-obligation initial consultation. We’ll help you to get the best possible result.