Spousal Support Lawyers In Toronto

When married or common law spouses end their relationships, it may be appropriate for the court to award spousal support. The court uses federal Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines to determine how much support should be paid and for how long. The court has considerable discretion in these matters, and a qualified Toronto spousal support lawyer can help to ensure that a fair order is made.

Whether you are the spouse in need of support or the one who will likely be ordered to pay it, lawyers at Nathens, Siegel LLP are prepared to provide the representation that you require to obtain a favourable result. We have extensive experience in spousal support matters, and we know how to best approach your matter in protecting your legal interests.

Primary Factors In Determining Spousal Support

There are a number of factors that the court must consider in the process of determining the quantum (or amount) of a spousal support award. While the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines are advisory, the court is not required to strictly adhere to them. If the court chooses to deviate from the guidelines, however, it is required to document the reasons for doing so.

The courts consider the following factors when determining spousal support awards:

  • Length of the relationship
  • The income of each party
  • The age and earning capacity of the spouses
  • The number of children
  • Each spouse's contributions to the relationship
  • The standard of living established during the relationship

Spousal Support Variations

The court can make a variation to a spousal support order if there has been a material change in circumstances after it is issued. A change in income for either spouse, changes in needs and other circumstances may all lead to a request to have an order varied. We have successfully advocated for the interests of clients on both sides.

Talk To One Of Our Toronto And Mississauga Lawyers About Your Case

Contact our office to discuss your spousal support questions with one of our Ontario lawyers. Our initial consultations are offered at a reduced rate. You can reach us by phone at 888-353-1817 or via email to get started.