Today (March 18th, 2013) the BC Government announced that any couple, hetrosexual or otherwise, that has been co-habiting a home for two years or more is officially married in the eyes of the law.
Common law partners will see an equal division of assets, visitation rights with children as well as a sharing of debt should they separate. They will be given the same power of attorney as married couples, the same rights of not testifying in court if it came to that, and the same status in the eyes of the CRA.
However, this supposed equality comes at a price. What of those who don’t want to be ‘married in the eyes of the law’? What ever happened to making your own decisions on what the nature of a relationship should be? Can we expect to see a slew of crazy court cases between jilted exes and roommates in the next few months?
In the world of mattresses Vancouver stores are anticipating an influx of couples buying new beds. After all, in for a penny, in for a pound, and if your two-year shack-up has turned into a full-blown marriage, you might as well splurge on a good bed.
Right now Simmons Mattress Gallery has Beautyrests on sale for up to 75% off. It’s a Close Out Sale and if you get your roommate, er girlfriend, rather wife down here with you, it’s the perfect time to choose a luxurious bed for your ‘honeymoon’ and happily ever after.