What is the test for determining whether a relationship is or is not marriage-like?

British Columbia, Canada


The following excerpt is from Coombes Estate (Re), 2015 BCSC 2050 (CanLII):

The authorities reveal that the determination of whether a relationship is or is not marriage-like is not an easy task. It is clear that each case is unique to be decided upon its own facts. The court must consider the subjective intentions of the parties and in doing so analyze the objective criteria in the evidence to determine if and to what extent the parties share their lives: Gostlin v. Kergin.

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