Spousal maintenance is not automatic. Whether or not you are entitled to receive spousal maintenance will depend upon your circumstances and whether you are able to meet your reasonable expenses yourself from your own income or assets. Even if you are unable to meet your reasonable expenses yourself spousal maintenance will only be paid to you if your former spouse has the capacity to make those payments to you. The right to spousal maintenance stops if you remarry. Also if you commence a defacto relationship consideration will be given to the financial circumstances of that relationship, including your defacto partner’s financial circumstances, in determining your entitlement to spousal maintenance.