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Ancillary Relief

Ancillary Relief is the financial and property arrangements that can be made between parties who are getting divorced. This area of law can often be quite complex. The purpose of ancillary relief is to ensure that both parties and their children have adequate financial resources to move on with their lives after the divorce.

Ancillary relief often includes the following matters:

  • Spousal maintenance: This is a payment made by one spouse to the other spouse to help them maintain their standard of living after the divorce;
  • Child maintenance: This is a payment made by one parent to the other parent to help support children after the divorce;
  • Division of property: This is the process of dividing the assets and debts of the couple between them after the divorce.

The court will consider a number of factors when determining ancillary relief disputes. The Court will first consider what is in the best interests of any children of the marriage and thereafter the responsibilities, needs, financial recourses and earning power of each of the parties.

The Family Law team at Samson Law are able to provide advice and representation in respect of all such matters.