Spousal support is one of the most hotly contested issues in family law.
Generally, the spouse must explain why he or she is entitled to receive spousal support. Many factors are examined and looked at to determine entitlement, including (but not limited to) the roles that the parties played during the relationship, whether one party was financially reliant upon the other, whether the parties worked during the relationship, the future employability of the parties, the age of the parties upon separation, and many more.
If entitlement is established or proven, the amount and the length of time that support is payable need to be determined. The Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines (SSAGs) provide a low, mid, and high range of spousal support that could be payable, and this is usually a good starting point to calculate the amount that might be payable. To figure out where on the SSAGs spousal support should be payable, it is highly advisable to meet with us to review the factors involved.
In some cases it may be appropriate to set a termination date, while in other cases it may be more appropriate to set a date to review support.
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