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Will receipt of spousal maintenance affect my Centrelink benefits?

Yes. It is the government’s view that if your former spouse can afford to financially support you, he or she should do so, rather than the public purse.

The Family Court will therefore ignore any income tested benefit you receive from Centrelink when assessing whether you have a need for financial support from your former spouse. However, this means that if you obtain spousal maintenance, you will need to notify Centrelink, who will then reassess your entitlement to receive benefits.

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