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.