Spousal support can be one of the most contentious issues in family law.
No one wants to pay spousal support to the person from whom they are separating. Despite the fact that the parties may have resided together or been married for years and years it is very difficult to explain why it becomes necessary to continue to support your former spouse in some situations.
Although people more easily understand the theory behind equalizing their assets at the time of separation, there is not the same understanding as to why incomes are shared and/or divided after separation.
There are, however, numerous cases where spousal support is payable by one spouse to the other. We can assist you in recognizing whether or not you qualify for spousal support, and, within certain ranges, what you may gain by claiming spousal support. Likewise, we are able to advise you if it will be necessary for you to pay spousal support and what range of spousal support could be ordered by the Court if you are unable to negotiate this issue with your partner.
This can be a complicated area of the law but knowing your rights and obligations without necessity of commencing a Court case can certainly assist in minimizing your legal costs.