Child Support In Common Law Relationships
All parents are required to support their children, regardless of the parents’ marital status. Child Support Guidelines are used to determine the amount of child support to be paid. A common law spouse who is not the biological parent of a child might still be required to pay child support if the court finds that they “stood in place of the parent” or acted as a parent to the child. For more information on child support, please see page 43 of this guide.
Spousal or Partner Support When Common Law Couples Separate
Requests for spousal support are sometimes made following the breakdown of common law relationships. Parties are sometimes able to agree to spousal support, including how much, how often, and how long support will be.
In cases where an agreement cannot be reached, an application for spousal support can be made to court. This application can only be made when the parties have lived in common law for at least two years. As well, there are factors that determine whether someone is qualified to make a spousal support application. This includes the intention of the parties and their relationship, among other considerations. Lastly, there are time limits for filing an application for spousal support.
It is strongly suggested that a person speak with a family law lawyer if they are considering filing such an application. There are many considerations for a judge when deciding whether or not to grant spousal support. For more information on spousal support, please see page 46 of this guide.