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Spousal and Adult Child Maintenance

In Family Law matters, maintenance refers to financial support provided by one party to another following separation or divorce. Depending on the circumstances of the parties, maintenance can be provided in a variety of forms including periodic payments or lump sums. It applies to both married and de facto couples. Our skilled Spousal Maintenance Lawyers at Simonidis Steel will guide you through this complex terrain, providing strategic advice and counsel to ensure equitable maintenance arrangements are established.

Simonidis Steel Lawyers are Spousal Maintenance Lawyers who can assist in the following:

Spousal Maintenance

The Family Law Act of 1975 (Cth) provides, that where a spouse is unable to support themselves adequately then the other party must financially provide for them to the extent they are reasonably able to do so. Simonidis Steel Lawyers specialise in these cases, offering tailored assistance based on individual circumstances.

Adult Child Maintenance

Adult Child Maintenance refers to the financial obligations that parents have to their adult children. Child support usually ceases at the age of 18 or the completion of high school, whichever comes later. However, situations such as health concerns or furthering one’s education might call for continual assistance for adult children. Simonidis Steel Lawyers expertly navigate Adult Maintenance cases, understanding its nuances and complexities. We provide tailored assistance, recognising unique circumstances that might extend support beyond traditional parameters.

According to the Family Law Act 1975, where a spouse is unable to support themselves adequately then the other party must financially provide for them to the extent they are reasonably able to do so. If one spouse has been out of the paid workforce for a number of years due to illness or to care for the parties’ children and does not have current work experience or qualifications to obtain paid employment, their spouse may be obligated to support them to the extent they can reasonably do so, usually to assist for a period while retraining or requalifying to return to the workforce.

 

Spousal maintenance is an important concept in Family Law, representing a complex yet necessary part of post-divorce or separation. Spousal maintenance can take several forms, ranging from periodic payments that maintain a continuous income flow to lump sum settlements that aim to provide the receiver with a stable financial foundation. These agreements are created bearing weight with the receiving spouse’s financial requirements and the paying spouse’s financial capacity in mind.

 

The assessment of your financial needs and the ability of the other party to assist is dependent on both parties providing and sharing a comprehensive financial statement. This statement summarises your income and living expenses and serves as a critical foundation for evaluation. If the Court determines that spousal maintenance is appropriate once considering one party’s financial requirements and the other’s financial capability, the next step is for the Court to determine a reasonable payment amount. This thorough approach guarantees that the spousal maintenance arrangement is appropriate for the unique circumstances and just and equitable for both parties.

Do you need to talk to a spousal maintenance lawyer?

Simonidis Steel are highly skilled Brisbane Spousal Maintenance Lawyers who specialise in handling the complexities of spousal maintenance. We give customised assistance that takes into consideration the particular circumstances of each individual case. Whether pursuing amicable agreements through discussion or advocating in Court, our goal is to ensure that maintenance and the amount paid over a period of time is equitable and just to both parties concerned. Please do not hesitate to contact us on any spousal maintenance related matter.

Contact our Brisbane Family lawyers if you require any specific advice on your current situation. Our team will be more than happy to assist with any questions you may have.

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