If you're in a common law relationship, it can be confusing to know what that means in terms of your rights and obligations when you separate. The confusion around common-law spouses is vast and can lead to much misinformation. You need a lawyer who is experienced with common law relationships to help you navigate the legal process and ensure your interests are protected.
Under the Saskatchewan Family Property Act, you are considered common law if you and your partner have lived together for two years or more. This means that if you do not take steps to opt out of being considered common law, you will have the same rights and obligations as married couples. This includes spousal support or alimony, child support, child custody, property and asset division, family debt responsibility and any other rights or obligations given to married couples in Saskatchewan. If you do not want to be considered common law, you can enter an agreement with your partner to opt-out.
The team at Andrews Benko & Associates can help protect your family law rights during your common law separation. We understand the unique challenges faced by people who are in common-law relationships. We know how to advocate for our client's needs while ensuring they get what they deserve under the law. Contact us today.