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One hundred dollar bill to represent spousal support after a couple finalizes their divorce at TMB LAW


Spousal Support is money paid by one spouse to the other after separation or divorce. It is sometimes called alimony or maintenance. Many factors may affect whether a married or common-law spouse is entitled to spousal support and how much support they should receive.

Spousal support entitlement will depend on various factors that the Court will consider when ordering the amount and duration of Spousal Support. These factors include:

  • the financial means and needs of both spouses;

  • the length of the marriage;

  • the roles of each spouse during their marriage;

  • the effect of those roles and the breakdown of the marriage on both spouses' current financial positions;

  • the care of the children;

  • the goal of encouraging a spouse who receives Support to be self-sufficient in a reasonable period of time; and

  • any orders, agreements, or arrangements already made about Spousal Support.


Courts further consider whether Spousal Support would meet the following purposes:

  • to compensate the spouse with the lower income for sacrificing their opportunities for higher-income during the marriage;

  • to compensate the spouse with the lower income for the ongoing care of children; or

  • to help a spouse who is in financial need if the other spouse has the ability to pay


Neverless, the spouse who receives support has an obligation to become self-sufficient within a reasonable timeframe. 


Phone: (905) 666 5326
Email: receptionist@brack

Location: 86 Simcoe St S, Oshawa, ON L1H 4G6

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