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How Does Common Law In Manitoba Work? | Family Law

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Common Law In Manitoba

Common law in Manitoba is one of the most common reasons that someone reaches out to a law firm. They often want to know:

  1. How long does it take to become common law in Manitoba?
  2. What are your rights if you are common law?
  3. If you are not common law, how does a separation work?
  4. Does being common law allow you to claim spousal support?

To answer the first question first, the most important thing is how you lived together. The time of living together is much less important. If you lived together in a marriage-like relationship, chances are you are common law. What does being in a marriage-like relationship mean? It can mean many things. It can mean that you share a bank account or having a child together. Or it could be that you enrolled your partner for benefits under your work program.

Do you have questions about common-law couples laws in Manitoba? Reach out to ClearWay Law and we will connect you to one of the best Manitoba family lawyers. You can call us toll-free at 1-844-466-6529

Once our intake team asks you questions, a lawyer will contact you to provide legal advice. The lawyers can meet you at 330 St Mary Ave Suite 300, Winnipeg, MB. By appointment only. 

A top family lawyer can help you with the following:

  • spousal support
  • questions about property acquired during the relationship
  • providing legal advice for unmarried couples
  • division of property
  • registering a dissolution
  • dealing with the family home
  • registering with the vital statistics registry

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It could also be a hundred other things. Therefore, it’s important to hire a family lawyer in Manitoba to give you legal advice. They need to speak to you and ask you a bunch of questions. Please keep in mind, our law firm does not have lawyers in Manitoba. Therefore, please do not reach out to us with Manitoba family law questions.

Instead, please reach out to a lawyer in your province. We wrote this article to answer questions about common law in general. We know many people with family law questions like researching information online before reaching out to a law firm. Our law firm wants to provide free information online, but keep in mind that if you reach out to a law firm, you need to be prepared to pay for their services.

Law firms rarely provide free advice and legal aid is rarely accepted by most law practices. If you live in BC or Ontario, we can help you! The best way to get a hold of us is via the live chat function.

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If you are in a common-law partnership and you are separating, we encourage you to hire a law firm to do a separation agreement. This document will outline child support, child custody, division of assets, division of debts, and anything else you need to agree on. Sometimes people even write about the custody of their pets. Also, we have seen people spend $5000 on negotiating over pets. Further, the average law firm charges around $2500 for a separation agreement.

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Don’t be so quick to want to go to court. Remember that the family law court is extremely expensive. You can easily spend between $15-30K on going to court. Keep in mind that if you are self-representing, you still must pay all the court fees. It can cost $50-200 every time you file something. If you file the form wrong, you will have to make changes and refile (and often must repay the court fees.) The court staff will not provide you with legal advice.

If you are low income, you may sometimes be able to get pro bono advice from the duty council at the court. Sometimes they will help you, other times they won’t.

Don’t Wait A Week Before Trial To Hire A Lawyer

If you are going to hire a law firm, please do not wait a week before your court date to reach out. Lawyers often want at least a month to get ready for court. Lawyers do not want to look unprepared when they show up to court. Don’t assume that lawyers will do anything for money. The average lawyer cares more about their reputation than making a quick dollar.

Contact Clearway via the live chat function if you have questions about the vital statistics registry, family law, or living together as an unmarried couple. Further, you can also book a consultation via our main page.

If you want to do a separation agreement without a lawyer, you can read this article.

In conclusion, if you want to learn more about family law in Canada, visit our YouTube.

The video below is for another province but is still helpful.