Spousal Support

Spousal support is money paid by one spouse to another after a relationship breaks down. It may be ordered by the court or required as part of a separation agreement. Not every spouse is entitled to support. Many factors are assessed to determine entitlement to and amount of support.

When your relationship is breaking down, it is important to obtain legal advice. Our family lawyers at Peterson Stark Scott in Surrey can ensure that your separation agreement is fair and in your best interests. Spousal support is one aspect of your settlement that can have significant financial consequences for you and your family.

Factors Influencing Spousal Support

Spousal support is intended to ensure that neither spouse experiences economic hardship because of the relationship breakdown. It should also help a spouse become economically self-sufficient. In British Columbia, factors that are assessed in the determination of entitlement to and amount of support include how long the relationship lasted, the roles of each spouse, financial effects of child-rearing, each spouse's economic position and each spouse's ability to care for him or herself.

If both spouses are financially independent and neither experiences hardship upon separation, neither might be entitled to support. If one spouse was always supported by the other during the marriage, support might be expected.

For married couples, the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines provide a reference point as to what is fair for spousal support payments. In all cases, the issue can be resolved when a couple negotiates a separation agreement.

Experienced Legal Advice

Peterson Stark Scott has a 40-year-history of providing legal advice to British Columbians. We have been at the forefront of family law's evolution in our province and can bring our knowledge to work for you.

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