Written by: Lillian T.N. MacKenzie. Separation Agreements are contracts between two separating spouses.  A separation Agreement can give you everything a court can give you with one exception, a divorce.  It is therefore possible for non-married persons to never file any court papers but rather conduct themselves solely by way of agreement. Separation Agreements are…

Written by: Katina P. Mikos. Blended families are more common than ever in Manitoba.  According to the 2016 census, one in every ten Canadian children is living in a step-family.  However, what happens when a blended family separates? what kind of ongoing legal obligations does a step-parent have to a step-child? To determine whether a…

Written by: Elsa Falkenberg. “Am I legally common law?” The short answer is, “it depends.” Common law partners now have many of the rights and obligations traditionally available only to married couples.  Marital status is a straightforward point (married or unmarried), as are common-law relationships that have been registered with Vital Statistics.   It is those…