What is Big Think?  

We are Big Idea Hunters…

We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

Big Think Features:

12,000+ Expert Videos

1

Browse videos featuring experts across a wide range of disciplines, from personal health to business leadership to neuroscience.

Watch videos

World Renowned Bloggers

2

Big Think’s contributors offer expert analysis of the big ideas behind the news.

Go to blogs

Big Think Edge

3

Big Think’s Edge learning platform for career mentorship and professional development provides engaging and actionable courses delivered by the people who are shaping our future.

Find out more
Close

In British Columbia, Unmarried Couples Are Now Technically Married

March 18, 2013, 6:01 PM
Shutterstock_54961117

What's the Latest Development?

A new law that took effect Monday in British Columbia turned thousands of unmarried couples into married couples -- at least from a property perspective. A provision in the Family Law Act states that in the event of a breakup, people can lay claim to a 50/50 division of assets and debts acquired during the relationship. Assets acquired prior to the relationship are protected. The law affects couples who have lived together for at least two years and/or have a child together, and applies to both same-sex and opposite-sex couples. 

What's the Big Idea?

The law was created in an attempt to better manage the number of cases coming through family court that involved common-law relationships. Between 2006 and 2011, the number of these relationships jumped almost 14 percent across Canada, while the number of marriages only increased by just over 3 percent. Lawyers are now recommending that, just like their married peers, people in unmarried couples should create the equivalent of a prenuptial agreement. Meanwhile, on the other side of the continent, Quebec's Supreme Court ruled in January that common-law partners -- who make up nearly a third of all live-in relationships in the province -- do not have the same rights as married spouses.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

Read it at The National Post

 

In British Columbia, Unmarr...

Newsletter: Share: