married but living separately

My partner and I are considering marriage. However, it's a bit of a tricky situation. I have my primary residence in ottawa along with two children from a previous marriage. She has her residence in montreal along with a child from a previous relationship. As it stands now, we cannot live full time together anytime soon. We would still like to get married... but I'm wondering how that would effect us tax wise. Would we have to list a primary residence - even though I generally spend almost equal time in ottawa and montreal? Would our incomes merge then for tax purposes?

It seems tricky but I can't get any solid answers.


Thanks, Chris

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Once married, or living common law, you would be taxed according to household income, you would not each be able to claim one child as eligible dependent.  Your combined income would impact GST rebates, or other rebates. Only one spouse, usually, could claim the children. Each spouse would have to include the net income of the other on their tax return.  You would likely list one residence or the other as the primary marital home.

To get the best advice, it would be wise to talk to an accountant, or directly to CRA.  1-800-959-8281

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