Do I have to Pay Spousal Support?

In Ontario, spousal support is not an automatic right. Your spouse may be entitled to support if they can demonstrate the following:

·       The financial needs of both spouses

·       The length of the marriage

·       The roles of each spouse during their marriage

·       The effect of those roles and the breakdown of the marriage on both spouses current financial positions

·       The care of the children

·       The goal of encouraging a spouse who receives support to be self-sufficient in a reasonable period of time

·       Any orders or arrangements already made about spousal support