Differences between Married & Common-Law: Married can get a divorce, use the new Divorce Act, and property will be divided evenly. Common-law couples cannot divorce or use the Divorce Act and property division is complicated.

A woman living with her common law partner for many years may think she has equal right to their property, but that might not be the case. There are significant differences in legal rights and responsibilities depending on whether people are married or living common-law. This webinar explores different kinds of intimate relationships, with a…

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roses

Property division after separation depends on whether the couple was married or living common-law. A domestic contract lets a couple set their own terms in their relationship. A domestic contract is a legal agreement. Domestic contracts include cohabitation agreements, marriage contracts and separation agreements. “Pre-nups” are domestic contracts A cohabitation agreement is an agreement between…

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hands on a book

Domestic contracts are legal agreements entered into by people wishing to set their own terms in their relationships with one another and include cohabitation agreements, marriage contracts and separation agreements. To be legally binding, the contract must be in writing and signed by each person in the presence of a witness.  The contract will not…

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