Just to make sure clarify: in the event that this issue was ever raised by the CRA I certainly would never want to give the impression that the relationship was purely platonic as it would be clearly misleading; the relationship was intimate and it was known to others that it was and remains intimate but, financially speaking, expenses were largely separate aside from the odd household expense that only one person would be able to cover (eg. internet/cable bill can only be paid by one individual). My issue is that I could easily envision how someone with enough determination would be able to argue that it was a common-law situation. The concern is with defending this argument and having some detail emerge that compromises the position, as I'm sure there are some past instances that would not support it.
So essentially, the plan for the future is that these two are now fully committed, and their situation has slowly transitioned into one that is clearly common-law. Is it safe for these two to file common law in the new year when their baby is born and start from there? Or is there a more prudent course of action to take in order to settle this matter in a way that wouldn't result in extreme financial penalties?
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