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Over in a Blink - "Suburgatory" Star Divorcing after 7 Months

She may play a sullen teenager on television, but Suburgatory star Jane Levy is soon to be a 23-year-old divorcee.

The young starlet filed for divorce from actor Jamie Freitas on April 16, citing irreconcilable difference. The pair married in March 2011 and had separated by October of that year. They have no children.

According to online reports, Levy's filing states that she does not wish to pay Mr. Freitas spousal support, though her career has been the more successful of the two to- date.

In Ontario, the determination of spousal support is a two stage process. The first stage involves a balancing by the court of four main objectives of spousal support:

  1. To recognize any economic advantage or disadvantage to the spouses arising from the marriage or its breakdown;
  2. To apportion between the spouses any financial consequences arising from the car of any child of the marriage over and above any obligation for the support of any child of the marriage;
  3. To relieve any economic hardship of the spouses arising from the breakdown of the marriage; and
  4. In so far as practicable, to promote the economic self-sufficiency of each spouse within a reasonable period of time.

The Supreme Court of Canada has stated that the factors must be considered within the specific context of each case, and that no one factor is to dominate the others.

If entitlement to spousal support is proven, the court will then move to a determination of the amount and duration of the spousal support that is payable. In this regard, the court will refer to the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines, which suggest appropriate ranges of support in a variety of situations for entitled spouses.

In determining the range of support, the short length of a couple's cohabitation will be considered, and may tip the scale in favour of a low-range payment as opposed to a mid-range or high-range payment.

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