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…

Written by: Elsa Falkenberg “How do I get a legal separation?” A common question for people facing the daunting idea of ending a marriage or common law relationship is how to “legally separate.” In addition to the emotional weight of this process are the practical issues of separating your financial affairs and setting arrangements for…

Cohabitation Agreements also known as Prenuptial Agreements are needed whenever a couple does not want their affairs governed by the law but rather by their own wishes.  Because the needs and wishes of each couple are different, these agreements are more unique than other spousal agreements; like the couple’s fingerprint. Whether a Cohabitation / Prenuptial…