Common Law Marriage
- A relationship recognized by the Government of Canada as marriage (the legal definition of which falls under provincial jurisdiction) even when no marriage ceremony has taken place.
coupling, informal marriage, engagement
Common law marriage, Common law, Informal Marriage, Common-Law
Related Terms and Acronyms
- Adverse Possession — Definition,
- A means of getting title to land by using it without the objection of the title holder.
- Common Law (CL) — Acronym, Very Important,
➥ Laws developed by judges through court decisions and precedent.
- Traditional, unwritten law based on English custom.
- Community Property (CP) — Acronym, Important,
- Possessions, real estate and profits that a husband and wife receive during the marriage, excluding gifts and inheritances. Upon divorce, community property is distributed equally.
- Division of Property — Definition,
- The dividing of marital assets during a divorce.
- Joint Tenancy — Definition,
- When two people (typically spouses) both own an undivided interest in a property. If one joint tenant passes away, the other receives the title to the entire property.
- Jointly-owned Property — Definition,
- A property held in the name of more than one person.
- Marital Deduction — Definition,
- For estate tax and gift tax purposes, a deduction that allows you to transfer assets to your spouse tax-free.
- Reconciliation — Definition,
- Checking all bank account papers to make sure that the bank's records and your records agree.