The biggest myth being the same rules apply across Canada
A recent ruling in B.C. that grants common-law partners the same fundamental rights as married couples after two years of cohabitation has cast a light on how common-law couples are treated in other provinces.
Common-law relationships typically refer to couples that live together in an arrangement akin to marriage, but without an actual ceremony or legal documents. Here’s a look at some of the biggest misconceptions about common-law partnerships.
1. Common-law unions are the same across the country. Each province has different laws
2. In the event of a breakup, assets are divvied up. It can be complex
3. Unless you were married, you are not entitled to spousal support in the event of a break-up. It’s possible
4. Children do not change or affect the common-law standing. Children can affect the common-law relationship, significantly
Find out more from this CBC news article … 4 myths about common-law relationships
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