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Family Law

Common-Law Separations


Experienced Waterloo Region family law lawyers with expertise in common law separations


If you have been living in a common-law relationship and have decided to separate, it is important to seek knowledgeable representation from an experienced Kitchener family law lawyer. There are often common misconceptions between the rights and obligations of married spouses and common-law couples. It is therefore crucial that if you are separating from a common-law relationship that you consult with an experienced family law lawyer at our firm as the first step towards the separation process.

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What are your rights and obligations in a common-law relationship?


Many people do not realize that when a couple has been living together for many years, they may have similar rights to married spouses upon separation, including support obligations. The length of the common-law relationship is one of the factors that the court considers when reviewing issues of support.


Division of property is usually based on ownership, unless an argument can be made by way of a constructive or resulting trust for property division.


If you believe that you may have a claim for support or a division of property, you should speak with a member of our legal team.





Do you want to learn more about common-law separations?


For over 40 years, clients have trusted in our ability to explain more than simply their legal rights and obligations in a separation or a divorce. We focus on sustainable collaboration that leads to creative solutions and enduring dispute resolution. There are few family law problems that we have not previously assisted clients in resolving. We are confident that you will appreciate our professionalism and personalized service. To benefit from our knowledge and experience with respect to your common-law separation, please contact 519-884-0034 or send us an email. Many of our clients are referred to us by former and current clients, as well as by lawyers, accountants, and financial advisors. We serve clients in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Stratford, Hamilton, London and surrounding areas.




Connect with a lawyer in our firm with expertise in this area

Aubrey J.  Sherman

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