Do you want to learn about Ontario Common Law and how it affects you? More and more couples today are opting out of marriage. The social stigma’s around unmarried couples living together is almost nonexistent. Many people want to stay away from the traditional values of marriage. So what does that mean when common law couples in Ontario have a falling out?
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Ontario family law is built upon the premises of resulting and constructive trusts. This means that for most property one party can claim ownership and entitlement rights to a property. They must prove that it was their actions, money, and work that amounted to the property ownership.
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If a couple has been living in a condo for 10 years but only one of the people has paid the down payment, the mortgage, utilities and the property taxes, the other person is unlikely to obtain any value from that property upon separation.
Let’s say a common law couple has been in a relationship for 15 years and one of the parties has a pension that has been built up for those same 15 years. It was that person who worked at the specific job and earned the pension. The other party is unlikely to obtain any part of that pension.
There are specific situations that call this division of property into question. An example of this would be that one partner chose to give up their career to raise the couple’s children. Even if couples are not considering getting married they should discuss their property rights with a family law lawyer. This will help them determine whether a cohabitation agreement makes sense. There are also other legal contracts that could be beneficial in protecting their assets in the case of a separation in the future. Call toll free: 844-466-6529
*With Ontario Common Law, one person can ask for spousal support from the other person.
If you are no longer in your common law relationship, you do not earn enough income, and you have been living together for three years, you can ask your spouse to pay support.
“Questioning” in Family Law
If you have attended your first court appearance in family law court, you have likely heard a judge or a lawyer mention that leave has been granted to proceed with questioning. You might think that this is just another formality. Many clients think this goes along with what the judge needs to deal with before they can go forward with either a motion date or try to get to a trial.
Questioning in family law is much more important that just another hoop the court wants you to jump through. It can be your best opportunity to get the answers you need to avoid going to trial and potentially spending $5000+ on family lawyers.
Questioning is what the Ontario family law courts refer to as your opportunity for direct and cross examination of the other party on the issues that remain unresolved in your case.
These can include family issues such as:
- bank accounts they refuse to share information about
- whether they committed past actions that have led to issues with the children
- loss of property items
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Questioning is the time for you and your ClearWay Law lawyer to rehearse going to trial without having to deal with a judge monitoring the event. You can ask pretty much whatever you want to ask. This goes for the opposing party as well. If both parties have lawyers it is likely that the lawyers will not only attend to asking the questions, but also object to certain questions that are inappropriate or harmful to their client.
Both parties will be able to question the other. You must be prepared to not only ask the questions you want answers to, but also deal with the difficult questions your ex will want you to answer. It is a good idea to discuss potential areas that you think will be raised by your ex in questioning. This will enable you to better prepare how to deal with them. You and your family lawyer can form a working strategy on how to get the most out of your own questioning time.
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