Tag: common-law

What are my rights when it comes to property division?

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This is the first in a 3-part series on women’s financial rights and responsibilities when a relationship ends. Part 2 looks at determining the date of separation and Part 3 discusses spousal support. Historically, men have tended to manage the

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My partner and I are common law. Do I have the same rights as a married person?

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Many women in common-law relationships believe they have exactly the same legal rights as women who are married. While there are many commonalities, there are some important differences, especially with respect to the way in which property is divided if

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If I leave my partner, how will our property be divided?

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Property division for people who are married Marriage is considered to be a partnership, with each spouse making equal, if different, contributions and sharing equally in the family’s property if the partnership ends. This includes property acquired during the years

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What are the time limitations on applying for spousal support or a division of family property?

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UPDATED (from April 2015): Women who leave abusive relationships are often reluctant to pursue their financial rights. There are many reasons for this. Some women don’t know they may have a right to share in the family property or to

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FAQ: Married and common-law and the matrimonial home

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In the coming months, Luke’s Place answers Frequently Asked Questions from legal advocates and service providers supporting women who have experienced violence and are involved in the family law court process. This is the first in the series. Question: What

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