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(Feb 01, 2013) On January 25, 2013,
The case being considered was one of a woman who had been part of a common law marriage and who filed a suit seeking spousal support and a division of property. She argued that provisions of the Civil Code of Québec that distinguish between married couples, those in civil unions, and de facto couples are inconsistent with
The Court disagreed with the plaintiff's argument and determined that the Civil Code provisions were not unconstitutional, because they did not discriminate against a particular group of couples. (Kim, supra.) The Court's ruling was limited to this one case, which had been appealed from lower courts within Québec. Since the Canadian provinces each have their own rules about the rights and obligations of unmarried couples, it is not yet clear whether this decision will have any impact outside of Québec. (
|Author:||Constance Johnson More by this author|
|Topic:||Families More on this topic|
|Jurisdiction:||Canada More about this jurisdiction|
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