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Census data and common law legal issues: Queen's University expert

2012-10-02

Queen’s University law professor Nick Bala is available to comment on today’s Stats Canada census data that found the number of common-law couples increased by 14 per cent from 2006 to 2011, which is more than four times the growth of married couples.

Professor Bala is an expert in family law and can talk about why more Canadians opting for common law arrangements, the legal entitlements for each person when a common law couple splits and what some of the most common misconceptions are about common law unions. Professor Bala can also talk about legal issues regarding same-sex couples (up 42 per cent from 2006) and step families (census counted 464,335 stepfamilies in 2011).

Please note that Professor Bala is only available for phone interviews on Wednesday, Sept. 19. He is not available on Thursday, Sept. 20 for interviews.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.ca or Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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