spousal support

Varies Individually Case by Case

Married couples, common law couples who have cohabited for 3 years, or common law couples who have had a child together may have spousal support rights or obligations on separation, and also in some cases, on death.   Usually, spousal support is an amount of money paid monthly for a period of time.  The amount of money and how long it has to be paid depend on the circumstances of the relationship.  In many cases, we negotiate a lump sum payment as a full and final settlement of any spousal support entitlement.

There are advisory Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines that provide some guidance to spouses, lawyers and judges at determining the appropriate amount and duration of spousal support.   For more information, see http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/pi/fcy-fea/spo-epo/index.html

Because the area of spousal support depends considerably on individual cases, this can be a very difficult area to advise clients.   We have resolved many cases of spousal support either through negotiation, mediation or litigation.   We can assist you in this difficult legal area on all aspects whether you are seeking spousal support or whether your spouse wants you to be obliged to pay spousal support. 

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skills, understanding and experience

Kelly Jordan has extensive skills and expertise in all areas of family law. She has a reputation for her abilities as a tough advocate for challenging cases but also for her abilities to maintain and pursue fairness by way of mediation and alternate dispute resolution

If you are seeking solid experience of a lawyer who is both understanding and skilled, contact Kelly or her law clerk Liz to set up an appointment.

Kelly recently contributed
a chapter on family property
rights for cohabitants
to the newest publication
on Ontario family property law..
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click below.

Property Rights and Obligations Under Ontario Family Law

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