Question: How long do you have to be married to get alimony?

The court will determine how long you or the other party will receive alimony. If you have been married for 20 years or longer, there is no limit to how long you can receive alimony. However, if you were married for less than 20 years, you cannot collect alimony for more than 50% of the length of the marriage.

How long do you have to be married to get spousal?

Are there any time limits when applying for spousal maintenance? Yes. If you are married you can apply any time after separation up to 12 months after the date your divorce order takes effect. If you are in a de facto relationship you can apply for spousal maintenance within 2 years of the date of separation.

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