Can I get spousal support?
You may apply for spousal support if:
- You were married
- You lived together in a marriage-like relationship for at least two years, or
- You lived in a marriage-like relationship for less than two years, but you have a child together (This recognizes that having a child together also creates interdependence between the couple that may result in a need for spousal support.)
Spousal support may be paid in a lump sum or monthly amounts.
It can be paid over a short period of time, for example, while a spouse completes a training program. Or, it can be paid for a longer period of time, for example, where there has been a long relationship where one spouse stayed home and raised the children.
Alternatively, spouses may agree that neither will pay spousal support.