FAQs Spousal Support & Alimony

How do I change the amount of spousal support in a separation agreement?

If you wish to change the amount of spousal support outlined in a separation agreement, you will have to show the court that there has been a “material change in circumstances.”

This threshold can be met by changes such as a remarriage of your partner, a change in income, a lapse in time over which your spouse should have become self-sufficient, or changes to your children’s circumstances.

If your separation agreement included provisions regarding any of these situations, you may still be bound by what it states. However, your separation agreement could also have a date upon which its provisions can be reviewed. In all of these situations, it may be advisable to consult a family law lawyer to find out about your rights and obligations as stipulated by your separation agreement.

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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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