Spousal support or alimony is monetary support paid from one spouse to another, either during or after divorce proceedings. In general, the spousal support payments are made by one spouse to another to maintain the standard of living that the receiving spouse had become accustomed to during the marriage.
Unlike child support payments, the spousal support payments are not an automatic right of a spouse.
Note: That common law spouse is only entitled to spousal support when:
The spousal support entitlement and the spousal support amount is based on the following factors:
Spousal support payments can be:
Contact our family lawyers to ensure that you are receiving fair and adequate spousal support.
Canada has no-fault divorce law. This means the reasons the marriage ended does not affect a spouse's legal obligation to support the other spouse following a divorce.
Spousal support payments are a complex area of law and you must contact an experienced family lawyer.
(a) recognize any economic advantages or disadvantages to the spouses arising from the marriage or its breakdown;
(b) apportion between the spouses any financial consequences arising from the care of any child of the marriage over and above any obligation for the support of any child of the marriage;
(c) relieve any economic hardship of the spouses arising from the breakdown of the marriage;
(d) in so far as practicable, promote the economic self-sufficiency of each spouse within a reasonable period of time.
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