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Did you separate or were you just not able to live in the same place at that time?
Then you are fine as you are still common law spouses.
Be sure you can prove this by showing that you were still together in terms of how people thought of you, how you made decisions, how you communicated, whether you kept the same bank accounts etc.
Do you see what I mean?
Yes. It is very likely that you will have to prove that your relationship is bona fide and ongoing. Generally, you will be asked to provide photos, letters from family and friends, perhaps letters from employers and neighbours, etc.