FAQs Spousal Support & Alimony

My spouse has a new partner, can I stop paying support?

Spousal support is usually based on one of two things. First, if your spouse “needs” support in order to maintain a similar lifestyle as they enjoyed during your marriage and second, if your spouse is entitled to support to “compensate” them for playing a role in the marriage which caused them to be less qualified to earn an income.

If your spouse remarries, then if their support is based on “need” there will be a greater effect on your required support payments then if it is based on “compensation”. This is because a new marriage does not provide compensation for a spouse’s inability to earn an income but a new spouse may be able to assist that same spouse with their lifestyle and “need”.

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Russell Alexander

Russell Alexander is the founder of Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers and is the firm’s senior partner. At Russell Alexander, our focus is exclusively family law, offering pre-separation legal advice and assisting clients with family related issues, including: custody and access, separation agreements, child and spousal support, division of family property, paternity disputes, and enforcement of court orders. We have locations in Toronto, Markham, Whitby (Brooklin), Lindsay, and Peterborough.

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