Do people in polyamorous relationships have rights and obligations under family law?

While polygamy, being married to multiple people at the same time, is prohibited under the Criminal Code of Canada, individuals in a polyamorous relationship have the same rights and obligations under British Columbia’s Family Law Act as anyone else in a marriage or marriage-like relationship.

They can be named the parent of a child conceived by the other members of the relationship. They may also be entitled to share in family property and be responsible for family debt in the event of separation, just like people in a traditional marriage.

The bottom line? If you are in a polyamorous relationship, you need to be aware of the rights and obligations that may flow from that relationship.

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