You may have a responsibility to financially assist your former spouse/de facto partner if they are presently unable to support themselves adequately; and if you have the financial capacity to pay either periodical payments or a lump sum amount. Spousal maintenance is normally paid for a short period after separation and can be a huge source of help to the financially vulnerable party, helping them get back onto their feet. On the other hand, spousal maintenance applications can be abusive and unrealistic. Harsh spousal maintenance applications can have a crippling result on the payer's finances. If you have found yourself at the mercy of a daunting spousal maintenance application, we are here to help. Simply get in touch online or call us.