In what circumstances will the court order retroactive spousal support for a defined period of time?

British Columbia, Canada


The following excerpt is from Vik v Vik, 2018 BCSC 611 (CanLII):

In Chapman v. Glenn, 2013 BCSC 657 [Chapman], which involved a similar claim for retroactive spousal support for a defined period of about five years, Mr. Justice Fitch (as he then was) considered these authorities and held, at para. 112, that the court retains a discretion to make an order for retroactive spousal support commencing on a date that predates the commencement of the proceedings, provided that the recipient spouse presents a compelling reason to do so.

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