Varying Spousal Support Arrangements

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The Supreme Court of Canada handed down two decisions yesterday that “ruled spousal support arrangements can only be changed if the spouse who is paying can establish a genuine, significant and unexpected change in circumstances“.

Professor Nick Bala of Queen’s University, a well-known family law expert, says:

In these tough economic times, these are important decisions and this is significant. The rulings emphasize the importance of careful consideration before a separation agreement is signed. In particular those who agree to pay spousal support will have real difficulty is seeking a reduction if their financial situation changes.

There’s more information about these decisions in this report in the Globe and Mail and associated links.