Spousal Support, sometimes referred to as alimony or maintenance, is money that’s paid by one spouse to another after they separate or divorce. Its purpose is to limit any unfair effects of a divorce. For example, perhaps one spouse dedicated the majority of their time to the family (stay at home parent, part-time work, etc.) and needs more time to develop a career now that they’re on their own.
Another example – if one spouse makes a lot less money than the other spouse, Spousal Support may be used to help that spouse continue living life to the standard set during the marriage. However, a court may actually decide that the spouse with the lower income is not entitled to extra money, if they see that the income had not impacted anything during the relationship.
The amount and duration of Spousal Support is decided by either the couple or the court, and many factors are considered during the process. Some include:
Each spouse’s financial means, assets, and positions
The length of the marriage
If children are involved,
Whether you’re being summoned to court, or just decide to sit in a trial (did you know most courtrooms are open to the public?), it’s important to remember that court is a serious place that deserves respect.
It’s important to be aware of the expectations in court, so to better prepare you for the courtroom, we’ve listed out 7 rules of etiquette you should know before attending a trial.
Be Punctual – Arriving on time is important in any circumstance, and court is definitely no exception. If you show up late to your own hearing, enter the room quietly and sit down. When there’s a break make sure it’s known to a clerk that you have arrived.
No Pictures – Did you know it’s a criminal offence to take a photograph in court? Even if you’re seen with a camera security could take it away from you during the trial (and yes – this includes your phone). Not only are pictures not allowed, members of the public are not even permitted to use any electronic