Court awards Toronto woman $110,000 a month in spouse support; believed to be record

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TORONTO - The courts have awarded a Toronto woman what is believed to be a record-setting spousal support payment.
Carol Ann Elgner, 61, will receive $110,000 a month from her husband Claude Elgner.
The award was based on the length of the marriage and Claude Elgner's annual income of $3 million to $4 million.
Carol Ann Elgner's lawyer Julie Hannaford says the amount reflects a growing feeling within the judiciary that spousal support has not kept up with the times.
She says times have changed from the days when awards were thought of as keeping the heat and lights on at home.
Hannaford says that family lawyers she has spoken to agree it is the largest spousal-support award ever in Canada.
The couple separated in 2007, Elgner had spent their entire married life at home raising their three children. During that time, her husband's businesses - supplying plastic fixtures used in automotive interiors - grew at a colossal rate.
Their assets included a $1.5 million home in Toronto, a $2.6 million summer residence in Muskoka, a $3.5 million home in Florida and a condo in Whistler, B.C., along with five timeshares.
Claude Elgner, 62, argued at trial that his former wife has already received $6.2 million in cash and investments directly from him.
He also contended his remaining wealth ought to be largely excluded from the net family assets that are equalized at the time of a divorce.
He also pointed out his wife received $775,443 in after-tax income last year, largely as a result of dividends.

Geographic location: Toronto, Canada, Muskoka Florida Whistler

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  • typical
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    That's the Canadian man-tax.

    Now since he has to keep paying does she have to keep housekeeping for him?

    She spent her entire married life raising their children? She's 61. How long did their kids stay at home needing mommy care? Sounds like she had ample opportunity to get some education and find a job.

    The argument is that since she spent her marriage in luxury and never tried to get a job it's this poor guys responsibility to keep up his end of the deal - forever. She, on the other hand, has no obligation to do anything for him.

    Getting married for men is bad idea.

  • Brian
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    this is ridiculous