Empathetic, Results-Oriented, Spousal Support Lawyers

Unlike child support, the amount of spousal support (often referred to as alimony), can be difficult to quantify. Although the Department of Justice in Canada has created the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines, these guidelines do not have the force of law and, instead, present flexible ranges rather than a set amount of spousal support. It is also important for any spousal support agreement to address issues such as: duration and form of payment, re-marriage and unemployment. For these reasons, it is critical to receive legal advice about spousal support early in the process of separation, in order to ensure that you understand and protect your rights.

Serving six offices throughout Aurora, Barrie, Downtown Toronto, Mississauga, North York and Scarborough, the lawyers at Gelman & Associates believe in empowering our clients through education. We carefully review spousal support entitlements with our clients, in order to ensure they are able to make educated and informed decisions. All of our lawyers emphasize good lawyer-client communication and treating the client with the utmost respect. We advocate for the best potential spousal support arrangements for our clients and are not afraid to get tough when necessary.

Entitlement to Spousal Support

The courts will consider a number of factors when deciding if an individual is entitled to spousal support, such as:

  • the financial means and needs of both spouses;
  • the length of the marriage or common-law relationship;
  • the roles of each spouse during their marriage or common-law relationship;
  • the effect of those roles and the breakdown of the relationship 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.

Contact Our Spousal Support Lawyers if you are going through a Separation or Divorce in Ontario

At Gelman & Associates, our experienced, knowledgeable, family law lawyers provide clients with the information they require to make educated decisions about spousal support. If necessary, we will also aggressively litigate on your behalf in order to ensure the best possible outcome of your case. In addition to the extensive web-based resources available to our clients, all prospective clients are given a comprehensive family law kit during their initial consultation, with ample information and resources to help individuals understand and navigate the separation and divorce process.

Serving six offices throughout Aurora, Barrie, Downtown Toronto, Mississauga, North York and Scarborough, our offices are easily accessible by transit and off-highway. In order to be accessible to clients and prospective clients, our phone lines are open Monday to Friday from 8 AM to 8 PM. Call us at (416) 736-0200 or 1-844-736-0200 or contact us online for an initial consultation.

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Interim Spousal Support and Child Support

An Ontario court recently considered a case where the mother sought interim child support and spousal support from the father. In granting the mother’s motion, the court outlined the factors that it must take into account when making an interim order for support.   What Happened? The parties were married in January 2005 and separated …


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Ongoing Battle Over Whether Indigenous Law Should Apply over Ontario Family Law in Support Dispute Continues

We previously blogged about a contentious child support and spousal support dispute, in which an Indigenous father argued that band law should apply in lieu of Ontario family law where disputes involved Indigenous families. The original trial judge disagreed with the father’s position, and the father appealed further. The appeal is scheduled to be heard …


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Variation of Support in The Face of a Separation Agreement

An Ontario court recently considered a spouse’s request to reduce the child support and spousal support obligations that had been set out in the parties’ separation agreement. What Happened? The parties began living together in June 1983, married in December 1985, separated in August 2009 and divorced in January 2012. The parties had three children …


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