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Child And Spousal Support

Navigating Child And Spousal Support Matters

At Nathens, Siegel LLP, our lawyers have a solid reputation in the Greater Toronto Area as knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated child support lawyers and child custody lawyers. We’re familiar with the finer points of the Children’s Law Reform Act, which addresses issues relating to children whose parents are unmarried in Ontario. 

Dividing family property allows ex-spouses to leave a relationship on equitable footing. Ongoing financial support is another key element in any separation or divorce. Both spousal support and child support may become a contentious issue with a long-lasting impact for both the payer and the recipient.


Although they seem similar in nature, child support and spousal support have distinct differences. Child support is the obligation that every parent must provide support for his or her child. Calculations start with table support and the Child Support Guidelines, but may include special or extraordinary expenses.

As our divorce lawyers will tell you, spousal support is not automatic like child support. Entitlement must be clearly established. Many factors affect whether entitlement has been met, and if so, what the appropriate amount and duration of support should be. Unlike child support, spousal support payments can be taxable and deductible.


Determining eligibility and fair amounts is not always straightforward. Having handled hundreds of child custody and child support cases over the years, our top child support lawyers can educate you on the process and offer advice on issues such as:

  • When do support payments stop?
  • Can a support order/agreement be modified, and under what circumstances?
  • What enforcement methods are available in cases of nonpayment?
  • Are step-parents obligated to pay child support?
  • Should support be paid monthly or in a lump sum?
  • Does retirement or remarriage end a spousal support obligation?

With decades of experience, our top child support lawyers are ready to negotiate or litigate on your behalf for fair spousal and child support arrangements. If you are a payer, we determine a suitable amount to meet your duty without unnecessarily overextending yourself. If you are a recipient, we will advocate for an arrangement that meets your individual needs as well as those of your child or children.

Our child support lawyers are ready to meet with you and assess your case.