Tag Archives: cohabitation

What are the spousal support rules for common-law spouses?

If you are in or have recently ended a common-law relationship in Ontario, then it is important to understand that the property division rules that apply to married couples do not apply to common-law spouses. In general, the property purchased by one common-law spouse belongs to that spouse alone, and unlike legally married couples, common-law couples do not share in the increase in value of…

Clarifying property rights with cohabitation agreements

On a number of occasions, we’ve discussed legal issues that are specific to common-law spouses in Canada. If you are in a common-law relationship, then you are not automatically given the same property rights as couples who are legally married. However, depending on the circumstances, property owned by one common-law spouse may be divided with the other if the relationship ends. Whether or not common-law…

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