FAMILY LAW ACT DEFINES COMMON LAW OR MARRIAGE LIKE RELATIONSHIPS
There is so much confusion around common law spouses or ‘marriage like relationships’ under the BC Family Law Act. Under our law, you can be considered common law if:
You lived in a marriage like relationship for more than 2 years; OR you lived in a marriage like relationships for less than two years but have a child together.
WHO ARE COMMON LAW LAWYERS?
Common law lawyers are lawyers who will defend your family law rights if you are in a common law relationship. Nowadays, common law spouses have the same rights as married spouses under the Family Law Act. Therefore, common law lawyers will advise you of your rights when it comes to child support, spousal support, property or debt division, and child custody.
What is a marriage like relationship though? We will explain this here.
IF YOU ARE FOUND TO BE COMMON LAW,
you will have the same rights and obligations as married couples. This includes:
Right to spousal support or alimony; Right to child support; Right to child custody; Right to property; and Obligation for family debt. So what do you do if you are dating or in a relationship but don’t want to be called common law? you can enter in to an agreement with your partner and opt out of being common law.
YLaw Group exclusively focuses on family law cases. We represent all kinds of common law spouses. We have developed a cutting-edge, strategic approach to high net-worth, high stakes common law separations and divorces. Our award-winning family law firm has won 90% of its cases in trial in 2014-2016.
Because family law is all we practice, we have extensive insight into the BC Family Law Act, which was passed in March 2103. Our legal team advises you of your rights under the Act when dissolving a marriage-like relationship. We listen to your needs and help you reach the best possible outcomes to your separation.
If you plan to move in together, we recommend negotiating a cohabitation agreement immediately. Like a marriage agreement, the contract protects your rights should your relationship fall apart. Our lawyers draft solid agreements that withstand court challenges.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING
"Leena Yousefi is the best family lawyer I have dealt with after meeting with multiple lawyers. Leena and her team made me feel like I was a very important client and I felt like she actually cared about my case. She is extremely knowledgable about the law, compassionate, and I feel like she actually enjoys what she is doing for her clients. When you walk through the door, it doesn’t feel like some corporate firm that only cares about money. Thank you Leena and team for everything you have done for me."