Experience & Understanding
Most married couples never think they will need a family law lawyer; this is especially the case for common law-married couples. However, whether you have been living together for five or 20 years, if you and your partner have decided to separate, it is important to hire legal representation to ensure that your rights are protected.
The general public has a tremendous misconception regarding the difference between married people and common law couples. Most do not realize that when a couple has lived together for a prescribed period of time, they have similar rights to married couples upon separation and divorce. However, “similar” does not mean “the same.”
At Jason P. Howie, Professional Corporation, we handle each separation and divorce on an individual basis, taking the time to understand your needs and goals, and to provide well-informed answers to your questions. Our lawyers and staff are familiar with the nuances of common law separations and divorces.
Common law relationships require a different analysis and approach than do marriages. A common law spouse’s property rights are radically different than a legally married spouse’s rights. The length of the common law marriage is generally the main factor considered during property division and when establishing support. To learn more about the laws pertaining to common law couples during separation in Ontario and how they apply to your particular situation, please contact our firm.
To speak with an experienced Windsor lawyer about common law marriage and separation, call 519-973-1500 or contact us online. We serve clients in Windsor, Essex County and throughout the region.
Jason P. Howie, Professional Corporation
420 Devonshire Road
Windsor, ON N8Y 4T6
Serves clients in Windsor, Leamington, Tecumseh, Essex, Chatham-Kent, and throughout South Western Ontario.