The Best of Both Worlds – “de facto” Spouse Status

A Wall Street Journal Blog posting written by Sam Favate entitled; All the Perks of Divorce, but without Marriage, discusses an ongoing case in Canada about a couple who had lived together for a decade but did not get married (i.e. “de facto spouse status”).  They had three kids together and ended their relationship more than 10 years ago.

The woman in the relationship challenged Quebec’s law on the basis that it discriminates against unmarried couples and sought to get the same benefits to which a married woman would be entitled.  One important fact is that her former partner is a billionaire.  A decision is expected sometime in July.