Couples Who Are Not Spouses: Your Income, Support and Property Rights

Not all couples who live together meet the definition of “spouse” under BC’s family law. For these couples, learn your entitlement to benefits and what happens if you split up.

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common-law relationship, income assistance, employment insurance (EI), old age security pension (OAS), medical plan, loans, separation, spousal support, dividing property, property rights, constructive trust, Dial-A-Law