Understanding Spousal Support In Ontario
In many marriages, partners make career and personal choices that are for the benefit of the family. When a marriage ends, spouses may have very different levels of income and potential to be self-sufficient as a single person. The choice to postpone career advancement or to take time out of the workforce to care for children can mean some spouses not only have less money, but also require specific support to achieve financial stability after divorce.
Many of my clients have questions about spousal support. You are not alone if you have ideas about how much you should receive or how much you should be required to pay. Divorce is often confusing, emotional and difficult; I will help you see the way forward.
My legal practice is in Vaughan, Ontario, under the firm name of Judith Holzman Law Offices.
Legal Guidelines For Calculating Spousal Support
Spousal support is an area of discretion for courts. However, the federal government has recognized nonbinding guidelines that outline what factors judges should look at when deciding support. If a spouse is so entitled, the guidelines can also be referenced to determine the amount and duration of support.
In general, the longer the marriage, the longer the entitlement to support. The amount of support will depend in part on the difference in income between the spouses and what it will take for the recipient spouse to become self-sufficient. Like many areas in family law, however, this is not the end of the story. When you meet with me, we can talk about the role of spousal support in your divorce.
Because spousal support is largely discretionary, it can be negotiated. In my experience, the result of a divorce settlement is often the same whether people go to court or choose to work it out using alternative legal means. Out-of-court settlements, such as those achieved in mediation, can be tailored to what is best for you. You can choose to negotiate a spousal support payment scheme, property division and child custody agreement that work for you and your family.
Spousal Support (Alimony) Lawyer Serving Newmarket And York Region
Do not feel like you have to handle your divorce on your own. I have decades of experience with family law and am committed to resolving your divorce effectively and fairly.
Contact my office online or call me at 905-303-1070 (Vaughan) or 416-977-3050 (Toronto) or 866-233-0945 (Canada toll free) to schedule a consultation. I am a lawyer in Vaughan advising on spousal support and other issues related to divorce.