Spousal Support

There is no automatic entitlement to spousal support.

Spousal Support is money paid by one spouse to the other after they separate or divorce. It is sometimes called alimony or maintenance. There are numerous factors that play a role in determining whether a married or common-law spouse is entitled to spousal support and how much support they should receive. There is no automatic entitlement to spousal support upon separation. To receive spousal support, you must first prove you are entitled to support.

There are three reasons why you may be entitled to support: 

1. Compensatory:
This claim is seeking compensation for the role you took on during the relationship. For example, a stay at home mom or dad should be compensated for the economic disadvantage they suffered by taking on that role in the relationship.

2. Non-compensatory:
This is a needs-based claim where the recipient of support suffers financial hardship following the relationship breakdown for a myriad of reasons.

3. Contractual:
The parties agree that spousal support should be paid.
Once you have established entitlement, the next thing you must determine is quantum, or how much spousal support you will receive, if any. These calculations are guided by the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines.

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Lawyers Can Help

Spousal support can be complex and will differ on a case by case basis. The team at Dreyer Davison Family Lawyers can help answer the following questions:

  1. Am I entitled to spousal support?
  2. How much spousal support will I receive?
  3. How long will my spousal support last?`
  4. When will my spousal support payments end?

Spousal support is determined on a case by case basis and is often negotiated in conjunction with a divorce or separation settlement. The experienced child support lawyers serving Langley, Surrey, and the Fraser Valley, can guide you through these questions and help you make informed decisions about your case. Contact our office to make an appointment to speak with one of our lawyers to discuss your spousal support issue.

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