Spousal Maintenance: The How, the Why and the Beware For (On Demand)

Recorded Webinar 1 CPD Hr
At your desk or on your portable device


Greater awards of  spousal maintenance have become increasingly common. This On Demand webinar will look at recent case law, how spousal maintenance is assessed and the factors that need to be considered when determining the overall benefit of a claim for interim maintenance.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn more about the impact of recent Court decisions on awards for spousal maintenance and how these decisions may influence the advice given to clients.
  • Understand better issues relating to the onus of proof when spousal maintenance claims are made, the way in which standards of living are assessed, the effect on any claims of the division of relationship property and how to differentiate between the needs of children and those of the spouse.  
  • Gain insights into how to determine whether applications for interim spousal maintenance are in fact in the client’s best economic interests.

Who should view?

Family lawyers at all levels who deal with the dissolution of marriage and relationship property matters. Refuge managers and family budgeters etc may also benefit from attending.



Order timeframe

Access details will be delivered via email within 15 minutes.


Lynda Kearns
Bastion Chambers

Lynda has been a specialist in all aspects of Family law for many years. Her practice primarily relates to cases involving relationship and trust property as well as estate matters, including family protection claims. 

She advises on custody, access, Hague Convention cases and maintenance, including spousal maintenance. She has particular expertise in the area of child support. She has senior counsel for the child status and is routinely appointed to act for children, as counsel to assist the Court or as amicus. 

She has presented numerous seminars on a variety of relationship property- and trust-related issues and matters relating to children. She has been appointed to numerous Law Society committees and previously chaired the ADLS Family Law Subcommittee.

Brian Carter
Bastion Chambers

Brian is a barrister practising in the Family Law arena mainly relationship property, trust, estate and COCA litigation. He is a former partner at McVeagh Fleming, teacher of Family Property at Auckland University (three years) and regular presenter and chairman at seminars and conferences.