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