Spousal Support In Lee V Lee (2014): A Family Law Case Study

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There are always many disputes after the breakdown of marriage between the two parties, such as custody and spousal support. The issue of spousal support often generates significant controversy and discussion. The new Divorce Act, which was enacted in 1985 and still remain effective today, is the federal Act that governs divorce including the order of spousal support in Canada (Boyd, 2015). This essay will discuss how the courts views the issue of spousal support in Lee v Lee (2014), a family law case that was held in British Columbia, as well as the reasons why I agree with the judicial application of the law.

Lee v Lee (2014) is a family law case which the former husband appeal from the apportionment of family assets and the dismissal of his claim for spousal support. The two parties separated in 2011 after 20 years of marriage. When both parties met, Mr. Lee was working full-time in CN as a car man and part-time as a doorman in a bar, while Ms. Lee was attending school and working part-time. Ms. Lee completed her educations, and ultimately became a high school principal by 2005. Currently, Ms. Lee earned approximately $120,000 annually. Mr. Lee remained working at CN, earning about $48,000 yearly for the first ten years of marriage. However, Mr. Lee terminated his employment
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In Lee v Lee (2014) where significant income disparity between both parties and the reverse of traditional gender role existed, it is expected that more debates and discussions related to spousal support would be created in Canada especially British Columbia.


Boyd, N. (2015) Canadian Law: An Introduction. (6th) Toronto, Canada: Nelson Education.

Divorce Act, RSC 1985, c 3 (2nd Supp), s. 15.2(6)(a)

Divorce Act, RSC 1985, c 3 (2nd Supp), s. 15.2(6)(c)

Divorce Act, RSC 1985, c 3 (2nd Supp), s. 15.2(6)(d)

Divorce Act, RSC 1985, c 3 (2nd Supp), s. 17(7)(d)

Lee v. Lee [2014] B.C.J. No.

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