Common-Law Partnerships Back

When an unmarried couple separates, they don't have the same rights and responsibilities under the Ontario Family Law Act as people who were legally married. The law grants different rights to a married couple than to a common-law couple.

If your relationship has ended, it is important for you to deal with the same issues of division of property, child custody and access. However, these issues are dealt with slightly differently when in a Common-Law relationship.

The way the Ontario Family Law Act deals with property rights is one example. Property, including furniture and household goods, is owned by the person who bought it. Unlike married couples, people in a common-law relationship are not entitled to an equal division of the increase in value of the property they acquired during their relationship.

Be informed. Let me help you understand your rights and responsibilities after a breakup and get through this difficult time in your life.

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