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CANADA: Court considers “marriage-like” relationships in property dispute
The Supreme Court of British Columbia has considered the principles to be applied when determining if a couple has been in a “marriage-like” relationship. It examined the two parties’ positions on their relationship in light of factors such as cohabitation, sexual relations and economic support. The court concluded that the claimaint did not meet the burden of proof to demonstrate that the relationship was marriage-like for a continuous period of at least two years. It therefore ruled that the claimant could not advance a claim for division of alleged family property under the Family Law Act (Bellerose v Reda 2023 BCSC 748).
Source: BC Courts, Disinherited
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