The husband’s 2012 income yields a Guidelines range for
monthly spousal support of between $17,544 and $23,392 (using
the wife’s income as found by the trial judge — $27,000). His
2013 income yields a range of $7,510 to $9,796 (using the wife’s
income as found by the trial judge — $25,000).
 The next issue is setting the level of support. On the
one hand, the wife has a strong compensatory claim and should
on that basis share significantly in the husband’s post-separation increase. At the same time, both the existence of the
separation agreement and its terms are relevant factors when
a party seeks a change: Hickey, at para. 27. Here, the spousal
support initially established in the 2008 separation agreement
was in the low to mid range of the Guidelines and the parties’
own bargain should be considered.19 I also recognize that
the Guidelines provide at s. 11.1 that after the payor’s gross
income reaches the ceiling of $350,000, the formulas can no
longer be applied automatically. At the same time, the Guidelines make clear that $350,000 is also not a “cap” and that
spousal support can and often will increase for income above
that ceiling. Given the lump-sum nature of this pension
payout, intended to compensate the husband for what would
otherwise have been smaller annual payments, it seems appropriate here for the wife to benefit from the application of the
formula to the full amount.
 Taking account of all of the circumstances, I would now
award support to the wife close to the mid-range Guidelines
 Accordingly, I would award monthly spousal support to
the wife in the following amounts for the following years: 2012
— $20,000 per month; 2013 — $8,500 per month. From 2014
forward, the parties should continue with the approach set out
in paras. 131-33.
 Based on the foregoing reasons, I would dismiss the
wife’s appeal relating to child support, allow her appeal concerning spousal support, set aside the motion judge’s order
19 The spousal support initially established in the 2008 separation agreement of $2,369 per month was facially below the low-end Guidelines
range: $2,432 based on the husband’s agreed annual income of $130,000.
However, taking account of the provision for lump sum support to pay out
the wife’s car loan, I conclude the overall support was in at least the low-end Guidelines range.