Note that in British Columbia the new Family Law Act (not yet in place) will give common law couples rights similar to married couples’ rights.

Cohabitation agreements help give common-law spouses same rights as married couples

Before moving in together, couples should recognize that common-law spouses do not have the same property rights as married people.

When Maria Prieto and her boyfriend James Agnew decided to buy a condo and move in together three years ago, Agnew suggested the pair get a cohabitation agreement.

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