Did you know that under section 72 of the Family Law Act, a party to a marriage is liable to maintain the other party, to the extent that the first-mentioned party is reasonably able to do so, if, and only if, that other party is unable to support herself or himself adequately whether:
(a) by reason of having the care and control of a child of the marriage who has not attained the age of 18 years;
(b) by reason of age or physical or mental incapacity for appropriate gainful employment; or
(c) for any other adequate reason.
Spousal maintenance, termed alimony in some other jurisdiction’s, may mean that a spouse can be ordered to financially support the other, post separation, in addition to paying child support.
A similar provision exists in relation to de-facto couples.