The Divorce Act ( federal law) applies to married couples and Family Law Act ( Alberta law) used if you are married or common-law.
Spousal support may be ordered by the court if the parties are applying for a divorce (or, in some cases, if they are divorced) and if the parties are ending an Adult Interdependent Relationship.
If parties are applying for spousal support as part of a divorce, the court will apply the spousal support provisions of the Divorce Act (Canada).
The court will apply the spousal support provisions of the Family Law Act if:
Objectives of Spousal Support:
Factors that being considered when making a Spousal Support Order:
The Divorce Act says that when making a spousal support order, the court must think about the condition, means, needs and other circumstances of each spouse, including:
The Family Law Act also lists the above factors. However, that Act also tells the judge to think about these factors:
Adult Interdependent Relationship if you are in a relationship of interdependence with another adult :