Spousal Support & Alimony

I never got married but I did live common-law. Do I qualify for spousal support?

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Written by Russell Alexander ria@russellalexander.com / (905) 655-6335

Can common-law spouse qualify for spousal support?

Yes. If you qualify as a spouse under the Family Law Act then you can receive spousal support. Under the family law act all spouses whether married or common law can receive support in exactly the same manner.

Under the Family Law Act you will qualify as a spouse under section 29 of the act if you have cohabitated with a partner on a continuous basis for at least 3 years or longer. You may also qualify as a spouse if you engaged in a relationship of some permanence and you and your partner are the natural or adoptive parents of a child.

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Russell Alexander

Russell Alexander is the founder of Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers and is the firm’s senior partner. At Russell Alexander, our focus is exclusively family law, offering pre-separation legal advice and assisting clients with family related issues, including: custody and access, separation agreements, child and spousal support, division of family property, paternity disputes, and enforcement of court orders. We have locations in Toronto, Markham, Whitby (Brooklin), Lindsay, and Peterborough.

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