Change in Conjugal Status of Family Allowance

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If you are not currently receiving Family Allowance, you must file an Application for Family Allowance instead.

You must file an application if:

  • you are currently receiving Family Allowance and your conjugal status has changed.


    • legal or de facto separation  
    • divorce
    • marriage
    • civil or de facto (common law) union
    • dissolution of civil union

Be sure to notify us as soon as possible of any change in custody resulting from your new conjugal status.

You will need:

  • your social insurance number (SIN), and that of your spouse, if applicable. 
    If one of you does not have a SIN, contact us.


Death of a spouse

If you reported the death of your spouse to the Directeur de l'état civil, you do not have to notify us. The change will be made in your file automatically.

Conjugal breakdown

You are considered to be without a spouse if you have been living apart for at least 90 days. Wait until the end of the 90-day period before notifying us of the change.

Conjugal relationship

  • You are considered to have a spouse if:
    • you are married
    • you are in a civil union
    • you have a de facto spouse.
  • You are considered to have a de facto spouse:  
    • when you have been living with that person for at least 12 months. Wait until the end of the 12-month period before notifying us of the change
    • when the person with whom you are living is the biological or adoptive father or mother of at least one of your children.  

Note that...

Family Allowance is paid to only one person in the family. If both spouses are eligible, one of the following rules will apply:  

  • The payment will be made to the parent who has the largest number of eligible children.
  • If you and your new spouse have the same number of children, payment will be made to the spouse who has the youngest child. However, if you and your new spouse have a child, the payments will be made to the mother of that child.

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