Living Together: Adult Interdependent Relationships
The term living “common-law” is often used in everyday language to describe a couple that lives together, with or without children, but is not legally married. The Canadian government recognizes “common law” relationships for income tax purposes, but the Alberta government does not. In Alberta, the phrase Adult Interdependent Relationships is used instead of common law.
Adult Interdependent Partners include unmarried couples but can also include non-sexual partners who live together. For example, two friends or relatives living together may qualify as Adult Interdependent Partners.
This brochure answers some of the most common questions people have about Adult Interdependent Relationships.