In Alberta, the Intestate Succession Amendment Act, was enacted in May in response to a judicial decision finding the definition of spouse in the succession statute then in effect in violation of the Charter Johnson v. Divorce Canada is a "no fault" jurisdiction which means that the reason the marriage is at an end is irrelevant to determinations of custody, access and support. It was argued, for example, that: Spousal rape In many common law jurisdictions, a couple who married were deemed to have given "implied consent" to have sex with each other, a doctrine which barred prosecution of a spouse for rape. Civil partnerships Same-sex couples who enter into a civil union that is different from but equivalent to marriage in another country where same-sex marriage is not legal will be considered to be married under Canadian law Hincks v. Reimer, , Hughson v. While a drunk person may be capable of the act, can he or she legally give consent to participation? Allowing same-sex couples to marry does not result in a corresponding deprivation to opposite-sex couples. From November through May , the Committee held approximately three months of hearings on this issue both in Ottawa and across the country. All property acquired by the spouses during the marriage must be equalised at separation by the transfer of money from the spouse who, during the marriage, accumulated more and, at separation, owns property with a greater value, to the other spouse. Alberta Health and Wellness. A steadily increasing number of private employers, including many major corporations, as well as some federally regulated employers, provided health care benefits to same-sex couples. In short, consent is not provided until communicated. These laws relate to medical services, family maintenance, family relations, public sector pensions, pension benefit standards, adult guardianship, representation, and health care consent and admission. As "ordinarily resident" is not defined within the Divorce Act, it is a question of fact determined on the specific circumstances.