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Marriage Contracts and Limitation Periods

Are marriage contracts subject to a limitation period? In a recent case, the Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) grappled with this very question. In the end, the father’s request to set aside the marriage contract was allowed, but the OCA was divided on whether all proceedings under the Family Law Act (FLA) that seek to …

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Court Refuses Wife’s Request to Set Aside a Marriage Contract

Can parties really rely on contracts they sign with respect to spousal support? In a recent case, an Ontario court considered a wife’s request to set aside a marriage contract she and her husband had signed approximately nine years before they separated. The Background The parties signed a marriage contract in May 2007, one day …

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Matrimonial Home: Special Asset for Married Spouses

Any property used by married spouses at the date of separation as a family home is a “matrimonial home” under the Family Law Act. A matrimonial home is special and treated differently than any other property belonging to married spouses.  The definition of a matrimonial home is set out in section 18 of the Family …

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Thinking About a Marriage Contract or Cohab?

There are many issues to consider when deciding whether to marry or move in with a partner.  One of them is whether or not you want or need a domestic contract.  The following are some thoughts on these kinds of contracts to assist you in your decision. Many people are afraid of marriage contracts or …

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Protecting Gifts and Inheritances in Family Law

  In Ontario, marriages are deemed to be a form of economic partnership. As such, at the end of the marriage, under Ontario law, the spouses have a right to share in the wealth generated during the marriage. This is accomplished by a process called equalization under the Family Law Act (“FLA”). Equalization is a …

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