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Spousal support in common-law break-ups

Region: Ontario Answer # 0145

In Ontario, common-law spouses have the same rights to spousal support as married couples:

  • as long as they have been living together for at least three years, or
  • if they have a child together and have been living together in a relationship of some permanence.

The Court will look at whether one spouse needs to be financially supported and whether the other spouse has the ability to pay. If both spouses are employed and earning a similar amount of income, the Court will generally not order one spouse to support the other.

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