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Social assistance rules about couples: What you need to know if you live with someone

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What if my spouse and I do not live together?

If you and your spouse have separated and do not plan to get back together, and OW or ODSP believe this is true, they would not see you as a couple.

But they might see the two of you as a couple if the reason you are not living together now is one of the following:

  • Your spouse is away at school or looking for work somewhere else.
  • Your spouse is in another country waiting for a visa to come to Canada.
  • There are problems with your relationship, but there is still a chance you might get back together.

You should get legal advice if OW or ODSP thinks that you and your spouse are a couple, even though you are not living together. See How can I get legal help and information?