Unlike child support, the extent of spousal support (often referred to as alimony), can be difficult to measure. Even Though the Department of Justice in Canada has established the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines, these guidelines do not have the force of law and, as a substitute, present flexible ranges rather than a set amount of spousal support. It is also crucial for any spousal support agreement to address matters such as: duration and form of payment, re-marriage and unemployment. For these reasons, it is critical to receive legal advice about spousal support early in the process of separation, in order to ensure that you understand and protect your rights.
Lawyers at Origin Law Group strongly believe in empowering our clients through education. We thoroughly review spousal support entitlements with our clients, in order to ensure they are able to make educated and informed decisions. All of our lawyers emphasize good lawyer-client communication and treating the client with the highest respect. We advocate for the best possible spousal support arrangements for our clients and are not reluctant to get tough when necessary.
Entitlement to Spousal Support
The courts will consider a number of factors when deciding if an individual is entitled to spousal support, such as:
●the financial means and needs of both spouses;
●the length of the marriage or common-law relationship;
●the roles of each spouse during their marriage or common-law relationship;
●the effect of those roles and the breakdown of the relationship on both spouses’ current financial positions;
●the care of the children;
●the goal of encouraging a spouse who receives support to be self-sufficient in a reasonable period of time; and
●any orders, agreements or arrangements already made about spousal support.
If necessary, we will also assertively litigate on your behalf in order to ensure the best possible outcome of your case.