Societal – how were the common law partners treated by their community; 6.

Economic Support – were the unmarried parties economically interdependent; and 7. For instance in the Canadian case of Thauvette v Malvon, the common law parties had a 3-year relationship.

Shelter – did the unmarried parties share accommodation; 2.

• Be aware that there is a possibility that your dating behavior during divorce could affect custody and parenting issues.

Your children haven't achieved finality and closure of the divorce, and putting a new person in their life right now isn't recommended by child psychologists.

For Ontario family law purposes, you must cohabit 3 years, or have a child and a relationship of some permanence.

In British Columbia family law, you must cohabit 2 years in a marriage-like relationship.

A common law relationship is when two people live together in a marriage-like relationship.

The two people can be of the same sex or of the opposite sex. It depends on whether the issue is federal or provincial, and in what province you live.

Is that going to add fuel to a highly contested divorce?

More than likely, the answer is "yes." • If you haven't started your divorce process, then it's important that you know what the road ahead looks like -- so you can prepare yourself and focus on the outcome you want.

Under New Brunswick family law, you must live together continuously in a family relationship for 3 years and one person must be substantially dependant on the other for support, or, where the couple lives together for one year and has a child together.

In Nova Scotia, you must live together for two years.

Children – did the unmarried couple see children as part of their home and interact parentally with each others’ children. During this time, they maintained separate residences.