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Toronto Family Law Lawyers Representing Clients in Support Claims

Some of the most contentious issues that arise following the breakdown of a relationship (common law partnership or marriage) are related to spousal support and child support (where applicable). Issues surrounding financial support of a former spouse or partner and children have the potential to become highly emotionally charged and tend to be tricky to navigate.

At Baker & Company, our divorce lawyers have been advising clients on child support and spousal support matters for more than 30 years. We focus on taking proactive steps in any family law dispute, with the goal of getting our clients to where they want to be as amicably as possible and with minimum expense.

Why Baker & Company? 

At Baker & Company, we are known for being the firm that handles the “complicated stuff”. We do not shy away from the most complex of legal scenarios and regularly help clients through their most thorny and muddled issues.

While other firms take an often hostile, litigation-oriented strategy with respect to spousal and child support and other family law issues, we prefer to approach matters more harmoniously.

We are friendly, compassionate, empathetic and highly skilled at helping our clients navigate their new realities following the breakdown of a marriage or long-term common-law relationship.  We guide them through this major change in their lives while helping them manage the stress and emotion that comes with it.

Wherever possible, we strive to address matters and resolve disputes through negotiation, mediation, and settlements outside of the courtroom, which can save significant amounts of money and time.

Our highly experienced Toronto family lawyers can help you determine how much spousal support and child support is reasonable in your circumstances and for how long it should be paid.

Spousal Support 

When a couple separates, the spouse or partner with the higher income is generally obligated to pay money to the spouse or partner with the lower income to counteract the financial impact of the separation and ensure that both parties walk away with a fair and equitable result. Spousal support is available to both former common-law partners and former married spouses.

When determining whether spousal support is appropriate as well as the amount of support that should be paid, the relevant factors that must be considered include:

  • The duration of marriage or cohabitation;
  • The standard of living enjoyed during the relationship;
  • The education level and employment skills of each party;
  • The respective incomes of each party;
  • The roles of each party during the relationship;
  • The ages of each party; and
  • Each party’s ability to be self-sufficient.

The Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines (SSAG) suggest approximate ranges of support available in a variety of situations and are intended to make spousal support more consistent and predictable. While the SSAG are not binding, they do provide helpful guidance. At the end of the day, spousal support is a very fact-specific and complex matter and the outcome will depend very heavily on the specific circumstances of each couple.

At Baker & Company we will represent you in the negotiation of spousal support terms with your former spouse or partner. We will also help you reach an amicable separation agreement with your former spouse or partner that outlines, in detail, final arrangements you reach. If litigation is required, we will strongly advocate for your rights and represent you throughout.

Child Support 

In Ontario, a base amount of child support is determined based on the Child Support Guidelines (CSG), which sets out monthly support payments based on a payor spouse’s income and the number of children from the relationship.

This amount may then vary depending on the amount of time the child or children spend with each parent, how old the children are, and whether they have a disability or other challenge that may prevent them from becoming independent.

In addition, parents may also be required to contribute towards expenses that are, in addition to the base amount of child support, known as special expenses, section 7 expenses, or extraordinary expenses. These include things such as:

  • Expenses for post-secondary education;
  • Extracurricular activities (sports, music and other lessons, summer camp, etc.);
  • Medical and dental insurance; and
  • Health-related expenses (orthodontics, therapy, prescriptions, etc.).

At Baker & Company, our Toronto family lawyers will work with you to ensure that your children’s best interests are protected and that they are well provided for following the breakdown of your marriage or common-law partnership. Through our compassionate and pragmatic approach to family law matters, we will help you come to the most optimal arrangement with your child’s other parent. We prefer to resolve child support matters amicably and outside of the courtroom wherever possible and will do our utmost to make this happen. However, if litigation is needed to finalize any child support related matters, we will represent you throughout the court process and fight for your rights and those of your children.

For Compassionate Strategic Guidance on Support Matters Following a Separation or Breakdown of Relationship Contact Baker & Company 

At Baker & Company we are committed to protecting your rights and those of your children following the breakdown of a marriage or common-law relationship. In all cases, we will represent your best interests and achieve optimal results at the lowest possible cost. With our help, you can focus on yourself, your children, and moving forward, while we focus on the outstanding financial issues stemming from your former relationship. Call us at 416-777-0100 or contact us online for a consultation.

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130 Adelaide Street West, Suite 3300
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5H 3P5

Phone: 416-777-0100
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