Adult Interdependent Partner Law and Legal Definition

Adult independent partner is a statutory term, used for individuals within a common-law relationship. In particular, the Canadian Province of Alberta has chosen to address the judicial sanctioning of common-law relationships and even same-sex relationships by enacting an Adult Interdependent Relationship Act (as of 2009). Accordingly, a person is the adult interdependent partner of another person if the person has lived with the other person in a relationship of interdependence for a continuous period of not less than 3 years, or of some permanence, if there is a child of the relationship by birth or adoption, or the person has entered into an adult interdependent partner agreement with the other person.