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Certain laws such as the Quebec Pension Act, the Automobile Insurance Act, the Taxation Act (Quebec), the Income Tax Act (Federal), the Industrial Accidents and Occupational Diseases Act, etc., consider, under certain conditions, common-law partners being the same as legally married couples.
Legislature has expressly recognized common-law partner situations so that these partners may take advantage of the same benefits (along with potential downsides) that such laws provide for legally married couples.
However, the Civil Code does not recognize common law partners. This means for example that:
The fact that the Civil Code does not recognize common-law partners may at first seem alarming, but this situation also has certain advantages:
Common-law partners should address these issues and finalize such agreement as soon as possible, at the beginning of their relationship, when they are getting along great. Your notary can advise you and prepare the agreements that will meet your needs: agreement governing relations between partners, wills, agreements concerning ownership, etc.