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The Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines (SSAG) may not be mandatory, but they certainly are becoming increasingly influential in today’s courts.

In Slongo v. Slongo, the Ontario Court of Appeal once again stressed the importance of the SSAG. The Court reiterated that the SSAG “were developed to bring more certainty and predictability to the determination of spousal support under the federal Divorce Act.” The Court noted that the Guidelines “have not been formally enacted by any level of government”. However, the Court stressed that they are “a very valuable tool for assessing a reasonable range of spousal support and should not be departed from lightly”. Slongo dealt with a variation of spousal support in a situation of early retirement.

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