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Marriage contracts are what are popularly known in the U.S. as “prenuptial agreements” that only go into effect once you and your partner marry. These contracts specify the rights and obligations regarding property, assets, and financial matters should the marriage end. Cohabitation agreements are similar to marriage contracts except that they are made between intimate partners who have no plans to marry. For these individuals, the focus of the agreement is generally concerned with how a shared home will be divided should the relationship end. Individuals with cohabitation agreements who later marry can use their agreement as a marriage contract. These agreements can also be used as separation agreements should the relationship fail under the Family Law Act, RSO 1990.

If you are considering implementing a marriage contract or a cohabitation agreement, we recommend that you turn to Rose Family Law for legal advice and assistance. Our knowledgeable legal team can help you negotiate, draft, or review such contracts to ensure that they represent your best interests and protect your rights. Both you and the other party should seek separate professional legal advice so that both sides have independent counsel on the matter. This helps to ensure that your contract will be considered valid by a court.

Establish your financial rights and responsibilities with help from a Mississauga marriage contract or cohabitation agreement lawyer at Rose Family Law. Connect with us for a consultation via an email request or at (905) 367-0134.

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What Marriage Contracts & Cohabitation Agreements Cover

Both of these contracts have the same underlying goal which is to provide clarity as to how property and financial matters will be handled in the event of divorce, separation, or death. Having such agreements can make an otherwise lengthy, complicated, and costly separation or divorce process much simpler.

These documents can do the following:

  • Specify the total assets and debts of each party once a full financial disclosure is made by both sides
  • Specify how these assets and debts will be held moving forward, such as whether they will be deemed separate or shared, or handled some other way
  • Specify how real property and assets will be divided, such as the shared or matrimonial home, should the relationship end
  • Specify whether either party will be entitled to spousal support (if they qualify by legal definition)
  • Protect a family business from being shared when the relationship ends
  • Specify the terms of how any other financial, asset, investment, or other property matter will be arranged not covered above

In order to ensure that your marriage contract or cohabitation agreement is legally binding, it must be created and finalized according to certain rules. These include full and honest disclosure of all financial information provided by both parties, the agreement must be in writing, signed by both parties, and each party must have his or her signature separately witnessed.

Ensure your contract or agreement complies with legal standards. Contact one of our family lawyers at Rose Family Law at (905) 367-0134 or online for professional counsel and representation.

Our Practice Areas

Divorce & Separation​

While obtaining a divorce can be straightforward, a court order is always required. Sometimes, people agree to issues like custody and support on their own and only apply to the court to obtain a divorce. Those cases, called uncontested divorces, take a relatively short amount of time and cost relatively little.

Custody & Access

Custody technically means the legal responsibility to make decisions for the child related to health, education and religion. Access is the right to be with the child at a given time. The basic issues that revolve around custody are: who will make the primary decisions relating to the child and who the child will live with.

Child Support

Common law spouses are often awarded less spousal support or are given support for a shorter duration than married spouses. The factors that affect entitlement to support and the amount of support are generally the same between married and common law spouses. Your lawyer will best be able to help you determine how much support you can claim.

Property Division

When a couple separates, the assets accumulated during the marriage must be classified as family assets, business assets or individual assets. Family assets must be divided equally between the two partners unless it would be unfair to do so. Often, people require legal representation to identify and divide the family assets, especially if the divorce is contested and or complex.

Marriage Contracts

Common law spouses can obtain the same rights as married spouses by preparing and executing a cohabitation agreement. A cohabitation or marriage agreement is a written document where the parties to the agreement can provide for division of property, support or any other matter upon death or the termination of the relationship.

Court Proceedings

Litigation is a traditional method of resolving Family Law disputes. It provides parties with a decision by a Family Court Judge about custody of children, access/time with and support for their children, spousal support for themselves and their property. Our litigation lawyers can commence a court application for you or defend you when you have been served with court documentation.

Mediation & Arbitration

When a couple separates, the assets accumulated during the marriage must be classified as family assets, business assets or individual assets. Family assets must be divided equally between the two partners unless it would be unfair to do so. Often, people require legal representation to identify and divide the family assets, especially if the divorce or separation is contested and or complex.

Separation Agreements

Common law spouses can obtain the exact same rights as married spouses by preparing and executing a cohabitation / marriage agreement. A cohabitation or marriage agreement is a written document where the parties to the agreement can provide for division of property, support or any other matter upon death or the termination of the relationship.

Spousal Support

Litigation is a traditional method of resolving Family Law disputes. It provides parties with a decision by a Family Court Judge about custody of children, access/time with and support for their children, spousal support for themselves and their property. Our litigation lawyers can commence a court application for you or defend you when you have been served with court documentation.

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