The answer to this question is not easy and will depend on each situation.
The most recent cases about the property of unmarried couples focus on whether or not the couple was operating as a family: whether they were making decisions together and each contributing in some way (including raising children and keeping a house). The length of the relationship, whether or not the couple had children, and how involved each partner was will all be factors the court will consider.
The law of property is different in each province. Some provinces have legislation about how to divide the property of unmarried couples. As many Albertans move around and may own property in other provinces, it is important to find out your rights and obligations in other provinces.
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