Spousal Support

Spousal Support is money paid by one spouse to the other after they separate or divorce. It is sometimes called alimony or maintenance. Many factors may affect whether a married or common-law spouse is entitled to spousal support and how much support they should receive.

This website provides general information. Family law is complex. You are encouraged to contact a lawyer for help with family law issues.

Services and information

About spousal support

The federal Divorce Act sets out the spousal support rules for married couples who divorce.

Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines

With funding from the Department of Justice, two family law professors developed guidelines in an effort to make spousal support more predictable and consistent.