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Common Law Issues The law regarding common law relationships is different than in cases of divorce. Discuss the issues that affect unmarried couples here.

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Old 03-19-2010, 04:18 PM
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Question Common Law Relationship

The law in Ontario was changed on March 31, 2010 as it pertains to common law relationship; a couple is now required to live together for a period of 3 years before being considered "common law". Previous to that date, a couple were required to reside together for one year to be considered "common law".

I dated my ex for 11 years, but we lived together for 2.5 years (June 2006 to Dec 2008).

Question: Since the law changed after we were separated, do I fall under the old law or the new law?
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?? I read the updates to the Family Law Act a few weeks ago and didn't see any reference to this. Also, every reference I have looked at has always said in Ontario it is 3 years to be common law, unless there is a child.

If you have access to the changes to the act, it will always specificly say if a change is retroactive or not.
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Thank you. I will look further into this.
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