Marriage & Common law Relationships in Canada

 A person is considered legally married, if they can provide a certificate of marriage. Whereas if two people who have been living together in a marriage like relationship or in other words have co-habited and may have a child, then such persons shall be considered in law to be common-law relationship. If the couple has not registered their relationship as common-law partners then the criteria to establish their common law status varies from province to province since there is no Federal legislation unlike the Divorce Act for married couple.

If you are planning on getting married then you would need to apply in your province for a marriage license before you get married.

How to become a Common Law Partner in Canada

Province/Territory Requirements
Alberta Cohabit for 3 years in a marriage like relationship or have a child or have a common law partnership agreement registered. The common law partner in Alberta is referred as Adult Interdependent partner.
British Columbia Cohabit for 2 years in a marriage-like relationship.
Manitoba Cohabit for 3 years or have a child or have registered the common law relationship.
New Brunswick Cohabit for 3 years or have a child or have registered the common law relationship. In a 3 years Cohabitation period one person should be financially dependent for support.
Newfoundland Cohabit for 1 year and have a child together.
Nova Scotia Cohabit for 2 years.
Ontario Cohabit for 3 years, or have a child and in a marriage like relationship.
P.E.I and N.W.T Cohabit for 2 years, or have a child and in a marriage like relationship.
Quebec No prescribed period or time to establish a common law relationship. In Quebec such marriage like relationships are described as “de facto” partners.
Saskatchewan Cohabit for 2 years.
Yukon No prescribed period or time to establish a common law relationship, as long as the partners were living together in a marriage like relationship.

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