Canadians lament that alimony, or spousal support, is “all over the map” and unpredictable in cases where the paying spouse has high earnings, over $350,000.
In the US, some would say that alimony is all over the map across the board, regardless of the paying spouse’s income.
In a nutshell, in the US, states do not have alimony guidelines, formulae or charts to guide (or constrain) court awards, as they do for child support.
That is really the long and short of why spousal support awards may be inconsistent and unpredictable.
As in Canada, settling alimony disputes via mediation maintains greater privacy and reduces risk.
Read more in this Canadian Lawyer article: All over the map.