Spousal Support

When it comes to the Law, marriage is viewed as an equal economic partnership. Therefore, upon separation or divorce, matters of support are one of the issues upon which the separating couple must agree or seek legal resolution for. The higher earning spouse may be responsible for paying spousal support to the lower earning spouse until the lower earning spouse becomes self sufficient.  The law presumes that the lower earning spouse will work toward financial self-sufficiency and that he or she will do so in a reasonable time.  Reality does not always follow this script!  Child support, special expenses and debt remaining from the marriage further complicate this issue.

Situations vary and outcomes are highly unpredictable as there are many things to consider when determining who will support whom, how much those payments will be and how long they will last.  In Ontario, a judge must consider how much the requesting party needs to live and how much the paying party can afford to contribute.

Experienced counsel is needed to navigate this issue. In over 25 years of practice, we at Sterling Law have learned to present your case and how to read into potential complications before they happen. We understand that when it comes to living after separation or divorce, it is easier said than done. Let us help you to secure the best possible outcome.



We have well over 25 years of experience and understand what you’re going through. 

We endure many hardships and make untold sacrifice for our loved ones.  So when a separation or divorce occurs, we are wounded at the core.  The bravest of us wither; we crumble; we become unable to perform our basic day-to-day activities, much less take on the legal system.  At Sterling Law we understand.  We are ready to address your situation now to ensure that you safeguard your family and property. 


Not only do we understand the intricacies of all the issues involved; Just as importantly, we at Sterling Law understand that this is one of the most challenging times you’ll ever experience.