FNLL Week Three: Evolution

Hello there again! It’s that time of the week again, time to hit you with FNLL! For those of you who still don’t know what’s going on, you can see the intro week post here. Today’s topic is evolution, and I don’t mean fossils and apes, baby.

Today Kevin and I became common-law partners. For those of you who don’t really know what that entails, I’ve taken the FAQ from this website (credit where it’s due) so read on, friend!

“A common-law relationship is one where two people live together, but are not legally married to each other.”

“The amount of time you must live together before you are entitled to particular rights can vary. For example, in New Brunswick a legal obligation to support a common-law partner arises when they have lived with each other for three years and one person is substantially dependent on the other. This obligation arises after one year of living together where you have a child together.  Federal laws, employers, insurance plans, and pension plans may set out different criteria for recognizing common-law relationships. You should look at the different laws and policies to determine how they define a common-law relationship.” Note: the military requires you to live together for one full year, with or without a child. -B

Also, Wikipedia says that –

“According to the Canada Revenue Agency, as of 2007, a common-law relationship is true if at least one of the following applies:

a) the couple has been living in a conjugal relationship for at least 12 continuous months;

b) the couple are parents of a child by birth or adoption; or

c) one of the couple has custody and control of the other partner’s child (or had custody and control immediately before the child turned 19 years of age) and the child is wholly dependent on that person for support.”

Kevin and I have been living together now for almost a year and a half. Really, it’s been quite an evolution…

July 2004 – We met.

December 15th, 2007 – We started dating.

May 10th, 2010 – I moved in.

August 28th, 2010 – He proposed.

October 21st – We became common-law partners.

August 31st, 2013 – We plan to marry.

I filled out a form with my personal information on it. I declared that I planned to live with Kevin as husband and wife. Someone told Kevin, “Don’t do it!” but he did it anyway.

Baby, we’re set!

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