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. If you’re going through a divorce and need legal advice, we recommend speaking to Perth Divorce Lawyers at Paterson & Dowding.