Regina, SK Spousal Support Lawyer
Spousal support is often a heavy point of contention in most divorces. Our team can help, whether you need support to secure your independence after your divorce or whether you will be paying spousal support. The goal is to create an arrangement you can live with.
Often, the questions about spousal support come from divorcees who are anxious about paying it. We’ve taken the time to answer some of those questions here. Rest assured though, we help plenty of people who are seeking alimony payments as well.
How is Spousal Support Calculated?
There are two formulas, one for a spouse who is receiving child support, and one for a spouse who isn’t. These are federal guidelines that serve as a starting point for negotiations. Most people use software to come to a number because many different factors go into determining what’s fair.
The main determinant is often the difference in income, but there are other factors as well. Fortunately, unlike child support, spousal support is always negotiable.
How Long do I have to Pay Spousal Support?
Spousal support rarely goes on forever. Usually, it goes on for ½ to 1 year for every year of marriage. So if you have had a 10-year marriage you might pay spousal support for 5 to 10 years before your spouse would be expected to be self-sufficient.
In a “gray” divorce you’re more likely to pay until the end of your spouse’s natural life because their likelihood of getting work is lower and the length of the marriage is generally longer.
Some spouses choose to offer a lump sum payment so they don’t add another monthly obligation to their budget. This can be advantageous to both parties and is worth considering during any settlement negotiation.
Does Adultery Impact Spousal Support?
No. Adultery only impacts the length of time you have to wait before getting a divorce. In some cases, proving adultery helps you get out of the one year separation period.
The behavior of either spouse has no bearing on the financial negotiations of a divorce. If your spouse was adulterous it’s best to put it out of your mind and focus on negotiating the best divorce settlement you can. It’s a business arrangement that lets you get on with your life, no more, no less. This is true whether you’re the payor or the payee.
How do I Get Out of Paying Spousal Support?
In general, you pay until the length of time outlined in your divorce decree passes. Yet in some cases, situations change. Perhaps you’re not making the same amount of money anymore, or your payee spouse has remarried. In both cases, you could seek a modification order that lowers or even eliminates spousal support payments.
You’ll need a spousal support lawyer to help you draft those modification motions. You have to demonstrate that there’s a good reason to make the change.
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