Cohabiting Relationships and Adult Interdependent Partners | Calgary Legal Guidance
In Alberta a common-law relationship is one where either a same-sex couple or opposite-sex couple lives together without being married. The law with regard to . For common law Alberta, the regular rules for property division in common law situations apply. Find out more. Under the Adult Interdependent Relationships Act. Common law separation is where people who live together as a committed couple decide to end their relationship. Learn your rights and.
There are certain circumstances under which a minor may enter into an Adult Interdependent Partner Agreement. There are two conditions that must be met before a minor may enter into this agreement: October, I am in a relationship with another adult and we have not made an adult interdependent partner agreement. Does this mean that we are not adult interdependent parties? Making an Agreement is simply one way to determine that a valid adult interdependent situation exists.
You must also have either: October, I have lived with my sister for many years.
Are people who are related to each other able to come within the definition of adult interdependent partners? Yes, provided you are both over 18 and you complete an Adult Interdependent Partner Agreement. People who are related to each other by blood or adoption must complete such an agreement in order to be treated by the law as adult interdependent partners.
Anyone who is under 18 cannot be in an adult interdependent relationship with someone who is related to them by blood or adoption.
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October, I am 17 and I live with my boyfriend who is We do not want to get married but we want to be recognized as a unit. Can we be treated as being in an adult interdependent relationship? As a minor, you can be considered as being in an adult interdependent relationship as long as you are over 16 years old, and your relationship satisfies the criteria set out in the Adult Interdependent Relationships Act.
However, if you are years of age and you wish to enter into an Adult Interdependent Partner Agreement, your guardian must give their written consent. October, My friend told me that if we made an Adult Interdependent Partner Agreement we could get an apartment in a building where they only allow couples to rent.
I made the agreement, but I found out that my friend made up the story about the building. Am I stuck with this agreement now? An Adult Interdependent Partner Agreement is not valid if one person was persuaded to make the agreement by fraud, duress or undue influence.
October, When my friend induced me to enter into an Adult Interdependent Partner Agreement because he told me we could rent an apartment together in a particular building that only allowed couples, I gave him money for a deposit. Can I take legal action against him? If what he told you was untrue, the Adult Interdependent Relationships Act states that your friend is liable for monetary and non-monetary losses that you have suffered because you were induced to enter into the agreement by fraud, duress or undue influence.
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Your friend would also be liable to you for losses if he persuaded you to enter into an Adult Interdependent Partner Agreement when he could not make the agreement because he was already married, under 18 or over 16 but had no guardian consentor was already a party to an agreement with another adult. October, Can same sex partners be adult interdependent partners under the Adult Interdependent Relationships Act?
Yes, provided that the relationship fulfills the requirements of the Adult Interdependent Relationships Act in one of the following ways: October, My son had a close relationship with a friend. Six months ago my son went to work abroad. His friend came to see me recently and showed me an adult interdependent partner agreement that he said my son and he had signed. He asked me for money to help him set up a business. My son told me there never was an agreement and that the relationship ended before my son left.
How can I get my money back? The Adult Interdependent Relationships Act specifically provides that where someone falsely uses an Adult Interdependent Partner Agreement to claim that an adult interdependent relationship exists with someone, they are liable to anyone else who suffers loss because they rely on the Agreement.
They are also liable if they allege that an adult interdependent relationship exists and in reality, it does not. You can therefore take legal action against the friend to claim your money. Your action would be processed through the civil courts. Because it is possible that the criminal offence of fraud has been committed, you can also make a complaint to the police. October, Are there other circumstances when an Adult Interdependent Partner Agreement will not be valid?
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In addition to being invalid if one person was persuaded to make the agreement by fraud, duress or undue influence, the agreement will also be invalid if, at the time the agreement was signed: October, I made an Adult Interdependent Partner Agreement with someone, but now we are no longer together.
I do not want to be a party to the agreement anymore.
Do I have to do anything formal to signify that the agreement is over? It is possible for you to formally indicate in another written agreement with your former partner that the interdependent relationship is over, that you intend to live separate and apart and that there is no possibility of reconciliation. Making such an agreement is the clearest way to signify the end of the relationship. Other ways in which an interdependent relationship will be treated as ended are: Even if you did not make an Adult Interdependent Partner Agreement for the time when you were together, you can still make a written agreement to signify that the adult interdependent relationship is over.
October, I was living with a partner in an adult interdependent relationship for five years. I wanted to end the relationship, but my partner did not. We split up for three months and then I agreed to try to live together again. We tried living together for eight weeks but have now split up again. Do I now have to wait for a year from the eight weeks for the partnership to be formally considered as ended?
You can still count the year of being separate and apart from the time when you first split up. If you get back together for 90 days or less for the purpose of reconciliation, that period is not counted as part of the one-year separation. Please note that two people that are related by either blood or adoption must enter into such as agreement in order to be considered Adult Interdependent Partners. If you are not related by either blood or adoption and if you have: Please note there is no requirement that you need to be aware that you are in an Adult Interdependent Relationship AIR or that you knew this legislation existed.
It is lawful to live in a Cohabiting and Adult Interdependent Relationship as long as both people are at least 18 years or over. However, it is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada for any person to directly or indirectly touch anyone under the age of 16 in a sexual manner or to invite or incite anyone under the age of 16 to directly or indirectly touch a person for sexual purposes. A person may also be charged with a similar offence if the young person is 16 or 17 years of age.
If your Cohabiting or Adult Interdependent Relationship ends, there may be a problem with the division of your property. Property is not divided using the same rules as matrimonial property.
Your property may include personal goods such as furniture and cars as well as any real estate you and your partner have acquired. As a general rule, the property belongs to the person who paid for it.
Any property you or your partner purchased belongs solely to that person. You have no legal right to the property purchased by your partner just because you have lived together for a period of time. A direct contribution would include, but is not limited to, paying for the mortgage, utilities or renovations.
An example of indirect contribution would include, but is not limited to, child care, maintaining the household or decorating the household. You should consult a lawyer if you believe that you have earned a right to the property that is in the sole name of your partner and you had a long term relationship. Property that you purchased and registered jointly makes you both legal owners. You cannot exclude your partner from the use, possession or sale of jointly-owned property.
You cannot sell the property unless you have consent from the other owner. If you sell the property, you must share the proceeds equally. If a child is born from an Adult Interdependent Relationship, the mother is considered the sole guardian and custodial parent of the child if the father does not acknowledge himself as a parent and does not demonstrate an intention to take on the responsibilities of a guardian within one year of either becoming aware of the pregnancy or becoming aware of the birth of the child, whichever is earlier.
Otherwise, the father may apply for guardianship and parenting time with the child under the Family Law Act.
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Being guardian of a child gives the person the right to be involved in the supervision, care, and control of the child and the major decision-making regarding the child. Only guardians can have parenting time.
Where and when parenting time with the child occurs may be resolved by written agreement or by a Court Order. If a father makes an application for guardianship and parenting time, the Court makes its decision based on the best interests of the child.
Your partner may apply for guardianship and parenting time to your child or children from a previous relationship, provided those children resided with you and your partner for at least six 6 months. An Adult Interdependent Partner canapply for spousal support from his or her partner after separation in Alberta.