That's why it's more important than ever for common law couples to have a written cohabitation agreement in place that spells out their intentions regarding jointly and separately owned property, child support, custody issues, and spousal maintenance.
Each province and territory of Canada has its own legislation, and the legal rights of partners may differ from place to place. The Quebec ruling may encourage other provinces to review their own laws, and this could result in further Supreme Court challenges.
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.
In 2013 the BC Family Law Act drastically extended the property rights of cohabiting couples. If you and your partner have decided you each want to keep specific assets and debts separate, you need this British Columbia Cohabitation Agreement.
Couples who decide to live together instead of getting married do so for a reason. The new law may offer you additional rights and protections in some regards, but it may also impact your rights regarding your own separate property.
Are you purchasing a substantial asset (such as a real estate property, a vehicle, boat, etc.) separately from your spouse or partner? Then you need to sign this Canada Asset Acquisition Agreement for a separately owned asset.
This is a legal document which sets out in writing that you will be purchasing the property and making all the payments solely on your own.
Your spouse/partner acknowledges that you will have sole ownership and waives any claims or rights that.....