The couple says it was important for them to have a stable home for their family.

“We’re both on the title and we’re both joint tenants,” Johns said.

Johns said that while the couple feels they have a good relationship, if there was a dispute the house wouldn’t be part of it, because it’s clear they both own the property.

Isaac says if a person is not named on the title of a home they have no property rights and can be evicted in the event of a break-up. Also, if a common-law partner dies, the other common-law partner does not automatically inherit the home they’re living in, unless their name is on title or they have been named in their partner’s will.

Isaac says common-law couples should always seek legal advice before buying property.