Windsor Lawyers Handling Common Law Separation and Divorce
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 twenty 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 Howie Johnson Barristers & Solicitors, 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: A Different Approach to Separation
Common law relationships require a different analysis and approach than do marriages. A common-law spouse’s property rights are radically different from 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.
Contact Our Essex County Separation Lawyers
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.