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Gavel and Heart

When it comes to breaking up, common-law relationships don’t have the same rights

An Alberta woman and her common-law partner raised three children and owned two properties during their 20-year relationship. After splitting up, she found out that she had no rights to the homes. Learn how she fought for her rights to the properties they owned together.

Read the CBC article discussing common-law relationships and what our CEO Karen Stewart has to say on the lack of legal options for Alberta common-law couples who break up.

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Young Couple Outdoors

Living Common Law in BC: The New Family Law Act Spells Big Changes

The law is changing quite dramatically for common law couples. The new law says that once common-law couples have lived together for two years in a “marriage-like relationship” they will have an automatic half interest in all property accumulated during the relationship, as well as in the increase in the value of all property brought into the relationship.

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