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Spousal Support

In Law, marriage is viewed as an equal economic partnership. Therefore, upon separation or divorce, if spousal support is applicable it is one of the issues that the separating couple must agree to or seek legal resolution for. The higher earning spouse may become responsible for paying spousal support to the lower earning spouse until the lower earning spouse becomes self-sufficient. The amount of spousal support is determined by referring to the Spousal Support guidelines (“SSAG”), which is just that … a guideline. A couple’s specific circumstance then weighs in to increase or decrease the amount provided by the guidelines. The law presumes that the lower earning spouse will work toward financial self-sufficiency and that he or she will do so in a reasonable time. Reality does not always follow this script! Child support, special expenses and debt remaining from the marriage further complicate this issue.

Situations vary and outcomes are highly unpredictable as there are many things to consider when determining who will support whom, how much those payments will be and how long they will last. 

A judge must consider how much the requesting party needs to live and how much the paying party can afford to contribute.

Experienced counsel is needed to navigate this issue. In over 30 years of practice, we at Sterling Law  know how to effectively present your case and navigate potential complications before they happen. We understand that when it comes to living after separation or divorce, it is easier said than done. Let us help you to secure the best possible outcome.

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