Canada: Agreement waiving spousal support upheld despite lack of legal advice

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'A woman who signed a deal without legal advice decades ago in which she agreed her spouse would never have to pay support if their relationship broke down has lost her bid to have the agreement set aside.

“She acknowledges that she was not coerced,” the Appeal Court said. “There is no suggestion that the income of the parties at the date of the agreement impacted her decision to sign the agreement.”

“There was no fraud, coercion, or duress,” the Appeal Court wrote. “The agreement is in substantial compliance with the Divorce Act. Both parties suffered economic disadvantages arising from the marriage.”'

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