Child & Spousal Support
Calgary Child Support and Spousal Support Lawyers
Some of the most challenging disputes arising from the dissolution of a marriage or common-law relationship involve claims for child and spousal support. In the aftermath of a separation or divorce, the resolution of child and spousal support disputes are best handled by experienced family lawyers who can help former partners arrive at a mutually agreeable resolution.
Child Support in Alberta
At law, both parents have a legal obligation to financially support their children. Any child under the age of majority, or still a dependant due to continuing education, illness or disability, is entitled to support.
The Canadian Federal Child Support Guidelines set out the child support payable. Child support amounts depend upon the particular circumstances of each family, including the number of children, custody arrangements, and income level. Beyond this amount, support may also be required for “special or extraordinary expenses” (also known as section 7 expenses) such as post-secondary education or medical bills.
As a parent, you want to ensure that your children are financially secure and well taken care of. At HMC Lawyers, we strive to resolve our clients’ disputes as amicably and efficiently as possible, in order to maintain financial stability and a sense of routine for their children.
Spousal Support in Alberta
It is common in relationships for one partner to earn more, and, in some cases, there is a significant difference in income between spouses, especially where one spouse has reduced or ceased their employment to care for the family.
When these couples separate, the spouse earning more will often be required to pay spousal support, sometimes called “alimony”, to the other person. The couple’s reasons for ending the relationship do not impact the obligation to pay support.
Spousal support payments are not required to follow a set formula, but as a starting point will be determined by reference to the Canadian Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines. Payments can also be impacted by other factors, including relative income levels, property division and decision-making responsibility (formerly custody) arrangements during and after the relationship, and the length of the relationship. There is also no automatic entitlement to support. Before making any decisions about spousal support, it is crucial to discuss your situation with a family lawyer who can provide personal and independent advice.
At HMC Lawyers, we believe that family disputes are best handled through proactive and thoughtful advocacy. By helping clients negotiate and resolve their spousal support claims, our Family Law Team provides them with certainty and closure, so they can move on with their lives.
Family Law Advice from Lawyers Dedicated to Resolutions Even in Complex Situations
Following a divorce or separation, it can be difficult to get back on firm financial footing. Support claims can be further complicated if one spouse is self-employed, a full-time caregiver, or has significant offshore assets. Our lawyers know how to gather evidence, build a persuasive case, and fight for your rights and the rights of your children. Whether in the courtroom or at the negotiating table, we are diligent advocates on behalf of our clients.
If you have questions about spousal or child support rights or obligations, call the family lawyers at HMC Lawyers in Calgary at 1-800-480-3534 or contact us online. We represent clients primarily in Calgary and surrounding areas.