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Separation and Divorce: Spousal Support

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What are the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines?

The Guidelines have been used since 2008 to help people decide how much spousal support should be paid and for how long. They are only guides, but they are often used by lawyers and judges. The Guidelines cannot be used to decide if someone should get spousal support or not. That must be decided first.

The Guidelines take many things into account and are quite complicated. When all the information has been gathered and a calculation has been done, the Guidelines will give low, middle, and high ranges of support amounts to consider. This can help the spouses or a judge decide what amount is right depending on the circumstances.