Sometimes. The law regarding parenting of children, child support, and partner support for unmarried couples is very similar, and the basic rights and responsibilities are the same, but it is not exactly the same as for married couples.  The Family Law Act applies to unmarried couples for these issues.

Property is not automatically split between unmarried couples. Unmarried couples need to use the common law to divide property, which typically is less clear-cut than the law that applies to married couples.  “Common law” is judge-made law based on years of tradition. 

A variety of other laws may apply to AIRs and married couples differently, such as laws regarding financial benefits, taxes, or other entitlements.

 

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