Que. alimony case to go before top court

CBC News

Canada’s highest court will consider an appeal of a landmark Quebec ruling over the rights of unmarried couples to sue for alimony when their live-in relationships end.

The Supreme Court of Canada agreed Thursday to hear arguments after the Quebec government appealed an earlier decision by the province’s Court of Appeal.

The top court will consider whether "de facto spouses" in Quebec are victims of discrimination because the province’s civil code guarantees support payments and property rights only for people who were married or in civil unions.

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