Common Law Spouse

In general terms, a common law spouse is a person living in a conjugal (marriage-like) relationship for a period of 1- 4 years (varies by province) yet not legally married. The time period may not apply where the person is also the natural or adoptive parent. Though the time periods vary they are specifically calculated and those co-habiting should seek relevant provincial or territorial information.

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February 1st, 2023