Spousal Support And Child Support Obligations: Do You Have To Pay?
The landscape for spousal and child support has changed dramatically in recent years. When determining support during a divorce, the courts must utilize Canada’s Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines and child support guidelines.
At Gene C. Colman Family Law Centre, we represent potential spousal support recipients and payers in Toronto and throughout Ontario. Based in Toronto, Ontario, our legal team will determine if your financial situation qualifies for spousal support payments, and if so, a fair and reasonable payment amount.
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Deviating From The Spousal Support Guidelines
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 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. It is important to note that a judge is required to give written reasons if he or she departs from the guidelines.
Protect What Matters Most To You
If you feel you are paying too much or you need more support all in light of changed circumstances, seek legal counsel. Contact Gene C. Colman Family Law Centre to meet with a highly experienced Toronto spousal support and child support lawyer.
We know that uncertainty about your finances can weigh on your mind when your marriage or relationship comes to an end. At Gene C. Colman Family Law Centre, our goal is to reduce the stress and frustration of figuring out your financial future by providing clear, well thought out solutions that focus on what matters most to you.
- If you have to pay your spouse because you have a higher income
- If you are entitled to receive spousal support because you have a lower income or do not work
- The length and frequency of any spousal support payments
- Strategies for child support and spousal support for high income families
- Your child’s right to fair and adequate child support payments
Learn More About Your Legal Rights Regarding Spousal Support Payments
Protect yourself and your future by making sure you identify and understand all your legal options. Call Gene C. Colman at 888-389-3099 to arrange an initial consultation. You can also book a meeting by sending us a contact form.