Spousal Support - Galbraith Family Law

Spousal support is most likely to be awarded whenever there is a considerable disparity between the spouses’ incomes after they separate, although this is not always the case. There are conditions under which the spouse with the lower income is not entitled to support, whether it is due to the spouse having a significant amount of assets, or because the difference in income has nothing to do with the marriage.

Most judges consider a number of factors when deciding on the amount and duration of spousal support to be awarded:

  • Financial needs of both spouses
  • The duration of the marriage
  • The roles played by each spouse during the marriage
  • The effect of the marriage breakdown on each spouse’s current financial condition
  • Care of the children
  • Encouraging the spouse receiving the support to become financially independent within a reasonable length of time
  • Any pre-existing orders concerning spousal support

Spousal support can also be used to compensate the spouse with the lower income for sacrificing some measure of earning potential during the marriage, compensating for ongoing care of children, and assisting the spouse in financial need if the other spouse has the ability to pay.

Canada also has a no-fault divorce law, which means that the reasons the marriage ended have no effect on the determination as to how much, if any, support will be awarded in a given case.

In order to ensure that support arrangements are fair and that your rights are fully protected, it is important to consult with an experienced family lawyer at the earliest opportunity.

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