Common Law Separation

YOU DON’T HAVE THE SAME RIGHTS AS A MARRIED COUPLE. BUT WHAT ARE YOUR RIGHTS? WE’LL TELL YOU.

In Alberta, the law regarding division of assets acquired by married spouses is different than the law that applies to common law spouses or “adult interdependent partners” when separation occurs. It is possible that in some scenarios the outcome will be the same; but the starting presumptions are quite different. Similarly, the issue of spousal support or “Adult Interdependent Partner Support” when a common law separation occurs can also be viewed slightly differently by the Court. The Adult Interdependent Relationships Act, SA 2002, c A-4.5 outlines some of the rights and obligations of common law spouses in Alberta.

GDE FAMILY LAW can help guide you through what can seem like an ambiguous process and make a claim on your behalf for property accrued during the course of the relationship and determine if other relief may be available to you.