Child and spousal maintenance

Spousal maintenance is regular financial support paid by a spouse to their husband or wife (or ex husband or wife) where that spouse is unable to financially support themselves. Defacto maintenance is also available to eligible parties. Child maintenance support is paid to the parent with the main care of the child.


The Legal Practitioner’s Guide contains precedents for child support agreements and court orders. This guide was jointly produced by the Family Law Council, the Family Law Department of the Law Council of Australia, and the Australian Government Department of Human Services in 2008.


Legal advice about maintenance or child support issues is available through Victoria Legal Aid’s Child Support Legal Service.

Victoria Legal Aid – Child Support Legal Service

Tel: 9269 0408; 1300 792 387



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