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that grants common-law partners the same fundamental rights as married couples after two years of cohabitation has cast a light on how common-law couples are treated in other provinces. Common-law relationships typically refer to couples that live together in an arrangement akin to marriage, but without an actual ceremony or legal documents.In fact, as he points out, in Ontario, "common law" is more of a vernacular term."There is no such thing as ‘common law’ in Ontario law — that term doesn’t exist," he said."If you live together three years and don’t have kids, you are treated as a spouse for support purposes," said Brownstone, but stressed that "spousal support is not that common." In Alberta, an adult interdependent partner can bring a claim for spousal support, and the same can be done for common-law couples in Newfoundland.Under New Brunswick’s Family Services Act, spousal support is also possible for common-law couples.