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B.C. clarifies Family Law Act

Jeremy Nuttall

By Jeremy Nuttall, 24 hours Vancouver

File photo (FOTOLIA)

File photo (FOTOLIA)

Victoria on Monday tabled legislation it says clarifies points of the Family Law Act that came into effect last year amid controversy.

The act turned couples who lived together for at least two years into common-law partners, whether they knew it or not. It meant their properties were subject to the same division regulations post relationship as married couples.

Bill 14, however, clarifies some of the more controversial aspects of the act, such as making agreements regarding debt or assets between couples as part of the legal framework.

The law also addresses concerns over property held in trust.

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