If you can’t afford to support yourself financially, you can apply to the court for a Maintenance Order, to be paid to you by your ex-partner.
The Family Court will look at:
Why you can’t afford to support yourself
If your ex-partner can afford to support you
Maintenance Orders are usually for a set time, not forever.
For more details, see Spousal Maintenance – More Info.
Disclaimer: This information is a general guide to the law. It should not be relied on as legal advice. If you have a specific legal problem you should consult a lawyer.
It applies to people who live in, or are affected by, the law as it applies in NSW, Australia. The information contained in this publication is current at 1 January 2014.