Draw up prenuptial, custody, maintenance agreements, separation, cohabitation and matrimonial property agreements with these Marital and Family Law Forms.
Q. What does the term family law cover?
A. Family law is the branch of law that deals with domestic and family matters such as:
matrimony, civil unions (domestic partnerships),
divorce, separation, support and maintenance,
custody and visitation,
spousal and child abuse,
adoption and foster care,
Q. What is a cohabitation agreement?
A. A cohabitation agreement is a legal document entered into by two unmarried partners who plan to live together in a spousal relationship. The purpose of a cohabitation agreement is much like that of a prenuptial agreement - the partners agree on who owns what going into the relationship, and who will own what if the relationship ends. It also sets out the party's rights and obligations with respect to jointly owned property, child support and maintenance, debt repayment and other issues.
Do you and your significant other live together? Are you planning to? If you live in Alberta, you should sign this Cohabitation Agreement.
A cohabitation agreement is an effective means for any couple to determine what happens with respect to property division and spousal support if they split up.
The Alberta Matrimonial Property Act does not apply to common law couples. An agreement can ensure that your home and other assets are divided fairly.
You can also set out how your children will be raised, supported and cared for.
Before signing, you will need to see a lawyer to obtain independent legal advice. For your convenience, the template includes a Certificate of Independent Legal Advice for each party.
If you're not sure how your joint property will be dealt with if your relationship ends, get this Alberta Cohabitation Agreement. Then sit down with your partner and customize it to fit with your wishes and needs.
If you're getting married soon and you're an Alberta resident, you and your future spouse should consider signing this Prenuptial (Pre-Marriage) Agreement.
The purpose of the Agreement is to clearly establish what the rights and obligations of each party are with respect to joint and individual personal property, in the event that the marriage breaks down.
Assets owned by each party prior to the marriage remain the sole property of the individual party.
Each party acknowledges that they have no right to the assets of the other party.
Household and living expenses will be shared proportionally according to income.
The Agreement will be the sole determinant of the division of property during the marriage and the parties waive their rights under any legislation or under common law.
You will both have to see a lawyer in order to get independent legal advice about the rights you are giving up before you sign it. If you fail to do that, the agreement will not be legally valid.
It is important to discuss this matter with your partner before you get married. Putting an Alberta Prenuptial Agreement in place is in the best interests of both of you.