Family Law

At What Point Are People Who Live Together Considered By Law To Be Spouses?

People of opposite sexes who live together, not married to each other, may be considered spouses:

  • under the Family Law Act, if they have been living together for five years ­ less if they have a child together;
  • under the Income Tax Act, if they have been living together for one year;
  • various employee benefit plans will determine the criteria for applicability of health, dental and insurance plans to common­law spouses.