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Why is spousal support a thing?

July 25, 2019

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Why is spousal support a thing?


In Canada “spousal support” refers to the financial support, in the form of periodic or lump-sum payments, that one of you may have to the pay the other in the event that you decide to separate or divorce. The concept reflects certain well-established societal principles that are embodied by Canadian law.

First, if you have been economically dependent on your ex-spouse during your relationship, spousal support is designed to bring you some financial stability and predictability, and compensate you for any economic disadvantage you suffered.

Next, it recognizes the duty on both you and your ex to be as self-sufficient as possible, both during and after your relationship.

Finally, it reflects certain objectives, namely to:

  • Recognize the contributions each of you made to the relationship
  • Impose a sharing of the financial costs of caring for any child you and your ex-spouse have together
  • Relieve financial hardship
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