Grey Divorce: Spousal Support for Husbands?

Is it more difficult for a husband to obtain a spousal support order? Mr. Lee would likely say that it is….(Lee v. Lee, 2014 BCCA 383) The Lee’s were married for 20 years with no children and were ages 56 and 49 at the time of the appeal. Mr. Lee spent ten-years as a “car man” with Canadian National Railways and part-time as a doorman at a bar. Mrs. Lee spent these years earning a bachelor and master’s degree at her own expense and eventually became a high school principal earning $120,000 per annum. Mr. Lee’s CNR income topped out at $48,000, but came to an end as a result of a car accident that “made it impossible for him to wear a hard hat”. He then began to work part-time as a personal trainer earning $10,000 per year. However, he never filed tax returns, citing his nominal income as the reason. Mr. Lee received an ICBC settlement of $320,000 that he said was used for family expenses, including a payment of $240,000 against…

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