FAQs Spousal Support & Alimony

Do common law spouses qualify for spousal support?

Common law spouses are still legally entitled to spousal support, as long as they qualify as spouses under the Family Law Act. This act outlines that all spouses, even common law, are able to receive support.

Common law spouses are defined as partners who have cohabited continually for at least 3 years or more. If you and your partner have a child together, you may also qualify as common law partners as long as your relationship was somewhat permanent.

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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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