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Further Resources

  1. Prenuptial Agreements - Marriage contract and cohabitation agreement information.
  2. Uncontested Divorce - Obtain an uncontested divorce or a separation agreement.
  3. Common Law Separation - Resource for common law couples
  4. French Site - French language family law web site.

Spousal Support (Alimony) Menu

  • Spousal Support (Alimony) FAQs
    This page answers your frequently asked questions.

  • More FAQs
    More answers to your frequently asked questions.

  • How Much Spousal Support?
    Discusses the range of spousal support you may be entitled to or required to receive.

  • Why Do We Have Spousal Support in Canada?
    More answers to your frequently asked questions.

  • Canada Divorce Act
    Read the relevant section of the Divorce Act.

  • Family Law Act in Ontario
    Read the relevant section of the Family Law Act.

  • Spousal Support
    Read more about the Family Law Act's provisions regarding spousal support.

  • Varying Spousal Support
    Read the relevant section of the Ontario Family Law Act about how to change spousal support.


Obtained Spousal Support
A client came to Behrendt Law Chambers to represent her in a divorce against her self-employed husband. Her husband refused to pay her spousal support, claiming that his business was not earning much money. We managed to show that his business was earning more than he claimed and obtained spousal support for his client.

Defended Spousal Support Payor
This is an era of record high spousal support awards. In one recent case, a judge awarded 60% of the family income to go to the wife as combined spousal support and child support for 2 children. Nowadays judges don't ask whether there is an entitlement to spousal support, this is assumed. The judges only ask "how much spousal support?" Behrendt Law Chambers has represented many spousal support payors, and successfully minimized the amount of spousal support they needed to pay. Given that the amount of spousal support awarded is such a grey area of family law, this is one area in which a good lawyer can make a difference in your case.
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