It’s a common misconception that common-law partners have the same rights and obligations as married spouses. However, as with most provinces in Canada, this is not the case in New Brunswick.
In New Brunswick, while the property rights of married spouses are regulated by legislation, Judge made law governs the rights of common-law partners.
So what happens to property when common-law partners separate? Unlike married couples, common-law partners are not automatically entitled to share in the property accumulated during the relationship, unless they jointly hold the title. Otherwise, a common-law partner must prove his or her con...