spousal maintenance

Definition of "spousal maintenance"
  1. Financial support money paid by one spouse to the other following a divorce, established under law to support a spouse who cannot self-support or who meets particular criteria
How to use "spousal maintenance" in a sentence
  1. After the divorce, she was granted spousal maintenance due to her inability to support herself financially.
  2. He was ordered by the court to pay spousal maintenance as part of the divorce settlement.
  3. Spousal maintenance is separate from child support and is meant to help the recipient spouse maintain their standard of living.

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