There are many myths about common law relationships. If you are in a common law relationship, it is important you understand the difference between common law spouses and married spouses as it pertains to a division of property.
Unlike a married spouse, a common law partner in Ontario has no automatic right to seek an equalization of family property. However, a common law partner may assert a claim to share in the property of the other by way of a claim for unjust enrichment or a constructive trust. These types of claims are often advanced upon separation in common law relationships.
If you are in a common law relationship with your partner with the intent to marry, it is also important you understand your how your legal rights will change upon entering into a marriage.
Contact our firm today to stay informed and to know your legal rights.