Nowadays, many couples decide to live together without getting married or entering into a civil union. Common law unions, also known as de facto unions, are a definite trend in Quebec, where nearly 38% of couples have chosen to live in this type of partnership, compared to 11.11% for the rest of Canada. They number over 1,400,000 people.
The results of a survey commissioned by the Chambre des notaires du Québec has confirmed our suspicions:
couples living in common law unions believe that they have the same protection as married couples in the event of death or separation.
Yet, this is not the case.