When you enter into a long-term relationship with another person, after a certain period of time, the law will place certain obligations on you and your spouse. For example, even if you are not legally married, you and your spouse can claim rights to property when you separate. Many spouses, including those who have been married before, choose to establish respective rights and responsibilities in their marriage before the relationship breaks down. This is called many things, including a marriage contract, prenuptial agreement or cohabitation agreement.
Many people assume that they can negotiate a relationship contract with their spouse on their own, in particular when they are on good terms. However, in order for a contract to be binding legally, each spouse must have independent legal advice. Operating under the banner of Kathryn L. Smithen, Barrister, Solicitor & Notary Public in Toronto, I maintain a comprehensive family law practice that includes helping people like you to enter a new relationship on solid legal footing.
Knowing The Benefits Of A Domestic Agreement
A marriage contract may be entered into before the marriage takes place or after. A cohabitation agreement works in a similar way to a marriage contract, but it is entered into by common law spouses. These agreements can include a wide scope of provisions for the terms of relationship breakdown, if it occurs, such as how assets will be divided based on what Ontario law provides for today. Child custody and access cannot form part of a marriage contract or cohabitation agreement.
As a lawyer focused on family law, I can help you draft and negotiate a marriage agreement that will give you a sense of security going into a new marital relationship. Having a contract in place means divorce or separation proceedings, if they happen, should be less distressing since many important issues will already have been resolved in a legally binding way.
A Marriage Agreement Lawyer In Toronto Can Help You Negotiate An Arrangement With Your Spouse. Contact Me For Information.
To schedule an appointment regarding domestic contracts in Ontario, contact my office online or by calling 647-496-2765, 800-392-9043 toll free.