NEWS | Alberta’s Family Property Act: new protection for common-law couples

An update of Alberta legislation will create a more equitable way of dividing assets when common-law couples split, says Marcus Sixta.

“The current situation for people in common-law relationships in Alberta is such that they need to rely on arcane legal doctrine in order to sort out their property division when they separate,” says Sixta, founder of Crossroads Law. Without the same rights as those in marriages, he tells AdvocateDaily.com there’s no predictability in how the assets of couples in common-law relationships will be distributed. Bill 28 updates the Matrimonial Property Act to include “adult independent partners” and comes into force Jan. 1, 2020, reports CBC.

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