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Separation and Divorce: Spousal Support

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What is spousal support for?

The purposes of spousal support are to:

  • recognize a spouse's contributions to the relationship
  • share the financial costs of caring for a child
  • relieve financial hardship
  • help a spouse become able to contribute to his or her own support
  • correct any economic advantage or disadvantage to a spouse caused by the relationship or the relationship breakdown. For example, if a spouse gave up their job to care for the children, they may not be able to become self-supporting right away.

In most situations, spouses are expected to try to become self-supporting as soon as possible.