Jurisdiction: Canada Canada

An application by a spouse, after an initial order has been made, to vary or change the terms of a previous order, including the terms relating to child or spousal support. Variation applications are governed by section 17 of the federal Divorce Act. There may be a number of variation orders granted over time between spouses or former spouses. In order to obtain a variation, the spouse will have to establish a material change in circumstances since the making of the most recent previous order.

Source: Glossary of Terms - Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines July 2008, Department of Justice Canada