When you have been in a marriage or de facto relationship there is an obligation to financially support your partner after your separation.
However, there is a threshold test in determining whether spousal maintenance will be payable. In essence, it is a balancing act between one party’s capacity to make payments after they have met their own reasonable living expenses against the other party’s need as a consequence of any shortfall between their income and their own personal living expenses.
Generally speaking, if both parties are in paid employment, an order for spouse maintenance would be unlikely.
If an order for spouse maintenance is made, it is usually only for a short period of time to enable the weaker financial party to retrain, get back into the workforce or to provide financial support while you wait for your property settlement to be finalised.