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How to Prove Common Law Relationships in Alberta

Proving Common Law Family Relationships in Alberta People in “common law” relationships in Alberta enjoy similar rights to married couples but, in the absence of a formal agreement, they must sometimes prove that they are common law partners. This is often easier said than done, as there are certain requirements for a relationship to be classified as such. This article outlines what common law relationships are in Alberta, what your associated rights are and how you can prove common-law status. Learn More → Reasons Why You Should Hire a Family Lawyer Book a Consultation What is a [...]

By |28/11/2022|

Proving Common Law Relationships When Separating in British Columbia

Separation and Proving a Common Law Relationship in BC If you are unmarried when you separate from your partner in Vancouver but are hoping to claim common-law status, you may need to prove that your relationship qualifies as “common law” under B.C. family legislation. According to the B.C Family Law Act, you may be entitled to the same rights as a married spouse, providing your relationship meets the definition of common law here. This includes the same rights regarding property division, spousal support, and child support that married couples can access during a divorce. Under the Family Law [...]

By |20/09/2022|

What to Consider During a Common Law Separation in Alberta?

Considerations to Make During a Common Law Separation in Alberta If you are in a common law relationship in Alberta and decide to separate from your partner, you may be wondering which laws apply when you arrange the separation agreement. With divorces, most people understand that there are specific Alberta laws used to address issues such as marital property division, child custody, parenting, and support. Spouses are protected by certain legal rights and obligations. However, the legal rights applicable during separation in a common-law relationship are less well understood. There is also confusion about what constitutes a common-law relationship. [...]

By |29/09/2021|

What is Cohabitation or Common Law Separation in Canada?

Cohabitation Agreements and Common Law Separation in Alberta Common law relationships occur when two individuals live together in a “marriage-like”, or conjugal, relationship. Common law separation varies from that of divorce in that the laws governing married couples do not apply to cohabitating couples. It is advised to enter a cohabitation agreement when in a common law relationship, as this allows parties to agree on division of property, support, and other matters which may be disputed if the parties end the relationship, as well as it allows the couple to determine their rights within separation before they cohabitate. Common [...]

By |17/09/2018|

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