Under British Columbia's new Family Law Act, couples who have been cohabiting for over two years now share the same rights and legal responsibilities as married couples.
Appearing on CBC News to discuss the implications for B.C. couples in common-law relationships, Davis LLP's Grace Choi remarks that the new act was brought in to "reflect more about what was going on in society":
Extra footage from the interview, in which Choi underscores the difference between the old and new legislation, is available here:
A segment from the interview also aired on The National on March 18, 2013.
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Choi is the author of two articles which provide further insight into B.C.'s hotly discussed new act:
"Davis LLP's Grace Choi, chair of the Vancouver family-law section of the B.C. branch of the Canadian Bar Association, was quoted in the Vancouver weekly newspaper, the Georgia Straight, in a June 14, 2007 article pertaining to proposed changes to..."
"In an interview with The Globe and Mail, Davis LLP's Grace Choi discusses British Columbia's new Family Law Act, which she calls a "wholesale, dramatic, landscape shift" from the previous Family Relations Act .
Under the new provincial..."
"Davis LLP's Grace Choi was interviewed by the Georgia Straight on the sweeping changes brought in by British Columbia's new Family Law Act, which came into effect on March 18, 2013. “Anything that people thought they knew about family..."