FAQs: What is spousal maintenance, when am I obligated to pay it and who should receive it

Following the breakdown of a relationship, questions often arise about spousal maintenance and the ongoing financial support for a party, particularly in circumstances where one party hasn’t worked for reasons including looking after the children, incapacity or age.

Below is a list of frequently asked questions in relation to the end of a relationship and the payment of spousal maintenance.

What is spousal maintenance?
What is spousal maintenance?
Who can apply for spousal maintenance?
Who can apply for spousal maintenance?
When is spousal maintenance payable?
When is spousal maintenance payable?
How is spousal maintenance paid?
How is spousal maintenance paid?
Can spousal maintenance be included in a property settlement?
Can spousal maintenance be included in a property settlement?
How do I make a spousal maintenance application?
How do I make a spousal maintenance application?
When can I apply for spousal maintenance?
When can I apply for spousal maintenance?
Can I run out of time to apply for spousal maintenance?
Can I run out of time to apply for spousal maintenance?
Do I have to pay spousal maintenance?
Do I have to pay spousal maintenance?
How long am I required to pay spousal maintenance?
How long am I required to pay spousal maintenance?
How is spousal maintenance assessed?
How is spousal maintenance assessed?
Can I defend a spousal maintenance application?
Can I defend a spousal maintenance application?
Can Lavan help me?
Can Lavan help me?