Am I Entitled to Spousal Support?
You have to qualify as a 'spouse' before you can claim spousal support. For the purpose of determining spousal support, 'spouses' include married couples, couples who have lived in a marriage-like relationship for at least two years and couples living in a marriage-like relationship for a shorter period when a child results from the relationship. Qualifying as a spouse will be a necessary condition before claiming spousal support.
Before looking into how much spousal support has to be paid, it first has to be determined whether or not the recipient spouse is entitled at all. Once you've established that you are a spouse, you will be more likely to be entitled to spousal support if you show that you faced disadvantages as a result of the relationship, such as suffering financial consequences arising from caring for children. You will be more likely to qualify if you can establish that the separation will cause you economic hardship. In practice, if you had a very long relationship and your income is significantly lower than your spouse's, then you will most likely be entitled to spousal support.