What is spousal support?
Spousal support payments are made by one spouse to the other after separation or divorce. Spousal support is available to married couples and unmarried common law couples. There are different ways to pay spousal support such as through a one-time lump sum payment or on a monthly basis.
The main goals of spousal support are to:
- Relieve any economic advantages or financial hardship a spouse may experience due to the breakdown of the relationship and to promote the self-sufficiency of each spouse
- Share the childcare financial responsibilities
- Promote the self-sufficiency of each spouse within a reasonable period of time