In Ontario, general legal relations are recognized by the Family Law Law (Family Law). General law relationships are one where you live together without marrying legally. These people legal relations have the same rights as support and prisoners of couples and children but very different rights for property, very different rights must be a dead partner, and very different rights where you both live together.
If you have lived together for three years or more, or if you have children together (experienced or adopted) you might be eligible to receive pair support from your partner if a separation occurs. If your general legal couple doesn’t agree to pay for support if you need it, then you can go to court to let the judge make an order for support.
In all cases, both unmarried, married, or not living together, you have the right to request support for each child produced from your relationship no matter how long the relationship is. Children have the right to support their parents regardless of the relationship of parents. Parents in general legal relations have the same rights to child support as parents in marriage. Problems with custody and access are also determined in the same way for unmarried couples for married couples.
The biggest difference between cohabitation and marriage relations is related to the property division. Unmarried couples do not have the right to divide the increase in property values between them. For example, if the general legal wife has a pension worth $ 5,000 when a couple starts living together and then throughout its retirement relationship increases with a value to $ 100,000, a public law husband will not be entitled to share in increasing pension values. Married couples share in increasing the value of the asset.
In addition, the general law pair has no right to remain at home after separation if it is owned by other public legal pairs. This is very different from the automatic right of a married couple to remain in the matrimonial house after separation.
If a general pair of law dies without the last will and the agreement sets what he wants to happen to its properties at the time of death, a living couple is not entitled to one of the properties of the pair who has died without going to court to fight for it. All properties owned by the general legal couple who died will automatically go to blood relatives. All partners of living cohabitation each must have a will that tells who they want their property to go to if one of them dies.
Couples in unmarried relationships can have a common life agreement. The cohabitation agreement in Ontario serves the same purpose as a wedding contract for married couples. However, because of the legal failure to recognize the distribution of property for public legal couples, even more importantly that unmarried couples enter the joint live agreement to ensure that their rights are protected.
Family lawyers can advise you with respect to clauses that must contain a joint live agreement to reflect your desire to occur. The cohabitation life agreement must be signed and witnessed correctly or will not be valid.