The landscape for spousal support has changed dramatically in recent years. Not only have there been a number of significant cases in the courts, but we also have a new system for deciding these cases. When determining spousal support during a divorce, the courts must utilize Canada's Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines. It is important to note that a judge is required to give written reasons if he or she departs from the guidelines.
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At Gene C. Colman Family Law Centre, we represent potential spousal support recipients and payers in Toronto and throughout Ontario. Contact our family law firm to arrange a consultation.
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Spousal support, sometimes referred to as alimony, can be difficult to determine without the assistance of a computer program. Calculations can become quite complicated, for example, when the spouse who is obligated to pay spousal support is also the recipient spouse for the purposes of child support.
While Canada's new spousal support guidelines were intended to bring more certainty and uniformity to the law, the reality experienced by many is quite different. Fortunately, in appropriate situations, there is room to argue that deviating from the spousal support guidelines is necessary.
If you feel you are paying too much or you need more support in order to provide for your child, seek legal counsel. Contact Gene C. Colman Family Law Centre to meet with a highly experienced Toronto spousal support lawyer.