Many factors may affect whether a married or common-law spouse is entitled to spousal support and how much support they should receive. We take a collaborative approach to reducing the effort and back and forth communicating in reaching an agreement. In the event of disagreement over the support to be given, we will work with you on a Application for Spousal Support. Judges must consider a number of factors when deciding if a spouse should get support after a divorce.
Essential check list
We will explain in plain language, the Federal Spousal Support Guidelines establishing the base spousal payable in Alberta as they relate to your specific situation.
- We will explain in plain language, intentional and unintentional unemployment, nondisclosure of the income, can be an important factors to determine the spousal support amount.
Prior to making or accepting the spousal support payments, we will go over with the nuances of each item in your agreement in detail so you are clear and confident in what you are agreeing to and signing
Support 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.
Judges must also consider whether spousal support would meet the following purposes:
- to compensate the spouse with the lower income for sacrificing some power to earn income during the marriage;
- to compensate the spouse with the lower income for ongoing care of children; or
- to help a spouse who is in financial need if the other spouse has the ability to pay.
- At the same time, the judge must consider that a spouse who receives support has an obligation to become self-supporting, where reasonable.
Our Spousal Support Service
At Devgun Law, we will go over what is involved in a Spousal Support Agreement, the manner in which the Law Courts process the agreement and provide you with the confidence that we are doing all that is possible to collaborate with your spouse and their lawyer to reduce cost and events that can build resentment in effectively creating your Spousal Support Agreement.