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  • Writer's pictureHarry Saini

Are you in a Marriage-like Relationship?

Whether you're in a marriage-like relationship depends on a lot of different factors. The Supreme Court takes a "holistic approach" to consider whether a marriage-like relationship exists.

The Supreme Court has determined that parties can like together in a marriage-like relationship even though you're not living under the same roof. You can live in separate homes, but still be in a marriage-like relationship. As long as you're in, or were in, a loving and intimate relationship where you and your partner emotionally supported each other, loved each other, were faithful to each other, and communicated with each other almost every day when they were not together, and you considered yourselves to be (and presented yourself) as partners, its likely you were in a marriage-like relationship.

A determination of whether or not you're "spouses" or in a "marriage-like" relationship depends on the specific facts of your case. Some of the factors that the considers are the following:

  • whether you vacations together;

  • the presence or absence of marital relationships;

  • how you conducted your financial affairs and financial planning;

  • estate planning;

  • your future plans; and

  • your social life.

Your specific intentions while you're in a relationship matters too. Although intention in subjective, the Supreme Court will look to objective factors to determine intentions. The objective factors that the Supreme Court considers includes the following:

  • your expectation of whether the relationship will be lengthy;

  • your lifestyle and interactions with others;

  • whether you acted as a family;

  • whether you lived together;

  • whether you had a sexual relationship;

  • evidence of emotional interdependence and attachment;

  • whether you comingled assets (e.g., your home, your bank accounts, shared expenses, etc.); and

  • your tax filings

If you're worried about whether you're in a marriage-like relationship, or whether. you want a pre-nup, contact us to figure out how we can help you.

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