Sometimes saving money on your divorce can cost you a bundle!
“What do you mean I may owe my ex spousal support, we’re already divorced”?
Yet once again I had the unenviable task of informing my client that just because he was divorced did not mean that his ex couldn’t still claim spousal support.
There appears a common (but wrong) perception that once a party is divorced it somehow puts an end to whatever legal obligations may be owed to the ex.
In the case of my client, he and his ex wrote up an informal agreement at the time of separation that addressed property matters but simply failed to mention anything about spousal support.
Now years later, following the divorce, his ex had fallen on hard times and decided to claim spousal support.
How could this happen, since Courts in BC have a longstanding policy to deny divorces until all matters are settled between parties?
Easy, couples like my client and his ex can simply decide (or may actually believe) that there are no outstanding matters, or nothing that can’t be fixed at a later date.
In addition, to ostensibly save money on lawyers and legal advice, both clients can retain the services of one of many do-it yourself divorce companies which don’t appear all that interested in knowing, or asking, whether the parties legal interests have been properly protected.
So what’s my advice to avoid unpleasant post divorce surprises?
Your objective should be resolving all outstanding issues with your ex by means of a legally binding Separation Agreement, before applying for your divorce.
As regular readers of my blog know, smart divorce is what kitchentabledivorce is all about.
Stay tuned, and over the course of weeks to follow I’ll be showing you how.