It is an emotional time when a relationship ends. Your financial position could be uncertain and stress levels could rise. You may be wondering if you are entitled to spousal support and, if so, how much. If you are entitled, spousal support (sometimes referred to as alimony outside the court) will be based on a number of factors, including how long you and your spouse resided together, your career paths, and the need for support based on the degree of financial dependency you have on your partner. If your partner’s success in his or her employment is due in part to you giving something up in the relationship, then support is given to compensate you for making sacrifices. You may have supported your spouse so he or she could attend school, obtain a profession, or develop a career in a new jurisdiction. Or, you may have sacrificed your career to stay home and care for the children.