Spousal Support

Spousal support can be a heated matter. Often, one spouse disagrees with what the other should receive. In these cases, it’s always wise to consult with a professional

Spousal support guidelines in Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Mississauga fall under Ontario’s family laws. To get exactly what you’re entitled to , make sure you work with an experienced family law firm.

There are a number of factors that go into determining how much spousal support will be paid:

·       The age and health of the couple, as well as the duration of their relationship

·       Available employment opportunities for the person receiving support

·       The effect that being in the marriage had on employment opportunities of the person receiving support

·       The contribution each party made to family care during the relationship

·       The contribution that the person receiving the support made to the other party’s career

·       The family’s standard of living before separation

·       The time it will take for the person receiving support to become self-sufficient

·       The need to stay at home to take care of young children or adult children with a disability 

Again, each person may have different opinions for each of these factors. This can often lead to emotionally charged battles (particularly when children are involved), as it seems like each spouse is trying to devalue the other’s contribution to their former marriage.

Working with an experienced family lawyer gives you someone in your corner, fighting to get you a fair settlement.  You’re going to be working extremely close with your lawyer, as you discuss some very intimate details of your personal life, your family history and your finances. So you need someone you trust and feel comfortable with.

If you have any questions about spousal support and want to speak with a specialized family lawyer, don’t hesitate to contact any of our offices in Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Mississauga.


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