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Common law relationship separations are different from those of married couples. A common law relationship in the Province of Alberta is known as an “Adult Interdependent Relationship” and is governed by the Adult Interdependent Relationship Act. This Act states that parties must cohabit for three years, among other factors, to be considered codependent. Furthermore, the law determining whether you are in a “common law” relationship differs depending on the agency reviewing your status. For example, Canada Revenue Agency has a different time requirement of cohabitation to determine common law status.

Our lawyers at EBL Family Law will help you determine your common law status and rights and obligations pursuant to the Adult Interdependent Relationship Act.

For more information, please read the following links on Common Law Separations and Property Issues and Common Law Support.

Common law relationship (or adult interdependent relationship) separations are much different than those of married couples. Unlike married couples who have a legislated right to a fair and equitable division of matrimonial property, the same cannot be said for common law couples. Our lawyers at Eryn B. Logie Family Law can help guide you through what can seem like an ambiguous process and make a claim for property accrued during the course of the relationship on your behalf. Call us today at 587-390-3070.

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