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Family Property – What is the Shareable Portion of Assets and Debts?

The Family Property Act does not deal with the actual ownership or equal division of a couple’s assets. What it provides is a mechanism to equalize the net value that each party is left with.

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What legal obligations do I have to my step child?

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?

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Do I have Rights in a Common Law Relationship? – Yes, No, and Maybe

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.

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What are separation agreements? When are separation agreements useful?

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.

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Legal Separations – What are they? How do I get one?

“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 children.

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6 Common Grounds for Contesting a Will in Manitoba

There are six primary reasons why wills are legally contested. These prominent reasons may factor into your current situation, and they can serve to help you better understand the law in this regard. If you find yourself in a situation to possibly want to contest a will, make sure you seek qualified legal counsel to determine your best course of action.

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