Spouse Maintenance

Minors Family Law are your local Sydney experts in all areas of relationship, spousal and parenting legal matters.

We work out of offices in Drummoyne in Sydney’s Inner West offering some of the best spousal support services in the city.

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What is Spouse Maintenance?

Spouse maintenance is the duty or responsibility placed upon both spouses in maintaining financial support to one another, even following your separation or the finalisation of a divorce.

The amount of spousal support one party is ordered to provide to the other depends on:

  • The applicant spouse, and whether or not they’re able to reasonably support themselves financially
  • The respondent spouse, and whether or not they possess the financial means to support the applicant.

Spouse Maintenance and the Family Law

Spouse Maintenance Payments

The court will make a decision regarding spousal financial disputes based on a list of general criteria in conjunction with carefully evaluating the nature of the current relationship. These determinants (in relation to both spouses), may include:


    Total income, disposable income, property and other assets


    Any form of debt


    Age and state of health


    The capacity for you to earn a living and whether or not the separation has affected it


    Your overall standard/quality of life


    Which spouse the children live with or with whom they will spend the most time.

    Applying for spousal maintenance orders

    Things to know

    It’s important to remember that spousal support is not necessarily an entitlement granted to anyone proceeding the finalisation of a divorce.

    It is also often recommended by divorce lawyers that both parties should try to reach a financial agreement without going to court first, if at all possible.

    Once an application for spousal maintenance orders have been submitted, both spouses will be ordered to undertake dispute resolution procedures in attempt to more efficiently reach a payment agreement.

    These procedures are almost always mandatory with the exception of some extreme cases where child abuse or other family or domestic violence has either occurred or appears likely to occur.

    You must submit an application for spousal maintenance orders within 12 months of your divorce being final. Filing for orders after this period could complicate and prolong the process further resulting in a denied application.

    What you can expect from us

    Quality legal advice without the hefty fees

    We’re a smaller family law firm with the expertise of a large one meaning you receive the same quality legal advice without the hefty fees, commissions and hourly rates.

    People helping people

    At Minors Family Law, we’re essentially people helping people. When we commit to you as a client, we’re right by your side until your case is finalised and we achieve a result.

    Professional, personalised approach

    Our professionals pride themselves on working in their client’s best interests whilst evaluating and advising them with a more personal and individualistic approach.


    We’ll be working with you to achieve a mutual goal providing you with full transparency and understanding every step of the way – we’ll never ask you to follow through with suggestions that you aren’t 100% comfortable with.


    We like to discuss issues with our clients with an upfront and succinct approach while establishing a plan of resolution. 

    High Success Rate

    We boast a particularly high success rate when it comes to dispute resolution seeing clients in a much more improved position than they were prior to our services. 

    Louise Longhurst
    Louise Longhurst
    Minors Family Law guided an elderly family member through an arduous property settlement. The team acted with professionalism, honesty and integrity throughout. They provided succinct legal advice, executed efficiently, and with calmness and kindness. We recommend unreservedly.
    Neale Kant
    Neale Kant
    Ashleigh has been wonderful throughout a very long and arduous journey. Supported me all the way through with thoughtful and insightful advice. Very caring and extremely hard working. Highly recommend MFL to anyone.
    Oscar Campos
    Oscar Campos
    I have the opportunity to be assisted by both Jacqueline and Ashleigh at Minors Family Law. I am really grateful for their support and services, I can tell that they care for their clients and do the best they can do to advise and come up with plans in the best interest of your kids. Going through court is not an easy process, but if you have the right people by your side it will definitely make a huge difference throughout the process. Thank you again.
    Gareth Williams
    Gareth Williams
    I would highly recommend Minors Family Law to anybody. Jacqueline's profession yet compassionate nature helped me through one of the most difficult times of my life with a minimum of stress and expense. I can't thank her enough for amazing service.
    Kathy Powell
    Kathy Powell
    Jacqueline was brilliant at guiding us through a very difficult and emotionally draining process. Her help, advice and knowledge of the legal and court system was fantastic. I highly recommend Minors Family Law to everyone.
    claire renshaw
    claire renshaw
    I found Jacqueline, to be very professional, honest and proactive in my dealings with her. I would highly recommend Jacqueline to anyone looking to engage a family lawyer.
    F B
    F B
    My family highly recommend Minors Family Law. The firm is our family representative. The principal lawyer, Jacqueline, is highly commendable with her professionalism, her understanding of our needs and most of all her insight for the best interest of children. This firm is insightful, understanding and work well with us. We have our peace of mind for leaving important matter with them.
    Joyce Baillie
    Joyce Baillie
    I would highly recommend Jacqueline and Minors Family Law. Jacqueline had my best interest at heart both in terms of outcome and the challenges that could present. She provided clear and concise advice which was executed promptly and as instructed. I experienced a very calm and considered settlement process which took the stress out of an otherwise very emotionally charged situation. I am incredibly grateful that I engaged Minors Family Law.

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    At Minors Family Law, we consider your goals to be ours. We are focussed on delivering compassionate legal services as dedicated professionals providing expert advice towards a better future. Schedule in your initial consultation today and let us start assisting you.

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