For practical purposes, in the vast majority of cases of separating parties, married or common law, The Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines (SSAG) are used by the courts to order, and by lawyers to negotiate, the amount of spousal support to be paid and for how long. The SSAG 2016 Revised User’s Guide has recently been released. At this writing the updated version isn’t yet on the government site or elsewhere – perhaps it will be by the time you’re reading this. But we have permission to post it here so long as we acknowledge, which we’re pleased to do, that the Department of Justice Canada is the source department.
(To find out the amount of support to be paid, in accordance with the SSAG, use MySupportCalculator, referred to next.)
The SSAG provides for a Low Range, Mid Range, and High Range figure for support and deciding which one to apply is often a matter of dispute.
This is the “lite” version of the software judges and lawyers use to calculate what the SSAG says is the appropriate amount of spousal support. This is a good way to get a pretty good idea of the amount of support you can expect a judge to order to be paid in your case, once you put in the appropriate data. It’s easy to use and well worth checking out.