SUPPORT – SPOUSAL SUPPORT – LONG-TERM MARRIAGE – COMPENSATORY AND NON-COMPENSATORY SUPPORT

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The parties separated after 30 years of cohabitation, including 24 years of marriage. They had two children. The husband was an accountant who earned $230,000. The wife had been working as an elementary school teacher since 2007. During much of the marriage, she was out of the work force as a result of child care responsibilities. She did do some part-time work during this time. The husband argued that support should be time limited and at the low end of the SSAG range. The court held that the wife was entitled to support on a compensatory and non-compensatory basis. Her assumption of child care duties allowed the husband to build his career. The non-compensatory claim was based on the economic interdependency of the couple over their lengthy marriage and the significant decline in the wife’s standard of living from the marital standard. The court held that the midpoint of the SSAG range would address the compensatory and non-compensatory aspects of the wife’s claim, and ordered indefinite support of $5,200 per month: Boulanger v. Hebert-Boulanger, 2017 ONSC 482 (Van Melle J.).

Ramsden, Elizabeth; LAO LAW – The Bottom Line in Family Law, February 2, 2017.