For most provincial laws, the question is whether or not a particular couple are “spouses

For most provincial laws, the question is whether or not a particular couple are “spouses

  • . for at least three years,
  • have lived with someone else.
  • . in a “relationship of some permanence” and.
  • . have had a child together,
  • have signed an adult interdependent partner agreement with someone else.

As a result of these definitions, and how they change depending on the legislation you’re looking at, people might qualify as “common-law partners” under the Canada Pension Plan but not as “spouses” under British Columbia’s Family Law Act, or they might qualify as “partners” under the Family Law Act of Newfoundland and Labrador but not as “adult interdependent partners” under Alberta’s Family Property Act.

I know that this is more than a little confusing, but what it boils down to is the question “Do I qualify as ______ for the purposes of ______ legislation?,” and to answer that question you usually have to read that legislation very carefully.

Provincial legislation

” Qualifying as a spouse might mean that you’re entitled to the family rate for MSP, that you can share in your spouse’s estate if your spouse dies, or that you’re no longer entitled to social assistance under the Employment and Assistance Act. It also might mean that you’re entitled to ask for spousal support or the division of property under the Family Law Act if your relationship ends.

In general, for most but not all provincial laws, you must have lived with your partner for at least two years to qualify as a spouse. Here’s the definition of “spouse” from section 2(1) of the provincial Wills, Estates and Succession Act:

. 2 persons are spouses of each other for the purposes of this Act if they were both alive immediately before a relevant time and

(a) is married to another person, and is not living separate and apart, within the meaning of the Divorce Act (Canada), from the other person, or

As you can see, there are subtle differences between these definitions, but lots of similarities as well. Leia Mais

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