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3 types of domestic contracts

When a couple faces a decision centered on the future of their relationship, they often turn to the legal system for guidance and stability. Fortunately, couples in Ontario have options to help them resolve the difficulties they are facing.

Covid 19: Considerations for Implementing the Mandatory Mask Order

On Friday June 26, 2020, Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health issued an Order under s.22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act that requires businesses and municipal facilities to prohibit entry to people who are not wearing a face covering, with specific exemptions noted. Despite these clearly stated exemptions, a number of people in the community have reported being refused service because their face is not covered. This blog post will take a look at competing rights and obligations when it comes to face coverings under the current Order.

Immigration: LGBT+ Couples from Countries Without Marriage Equality

Imagine that you and your partner have decided to move to Canada. You've done the research, picked a community that looks exciting and vibrant (for example, right here in Kingston!) and are getting ready to start the immigration process. But there's still one concern in your mind: you and your partner are in a same-sex relationship, coming from a country where you are not able to marry. You wonder: can we still immigrate as a couple?

Cohabitation agreements help couples prepare for the unforeseen

Many couples are choosing to join their lives formally, although not through marriage. With more couples cohabiting in Ontario, the necessity of having cohabitation agreements in place becomes clear.

There are rules under family law when it comes to living together in a romantic relationship, and it’s important to be aware of what those are and what to do about them.

CoVid-19 and Delayed Marriages Part 1: Break-ups

For many couples, a lot of planning goes in to their wedding day. The current global Covid-19 pandemic and State of Emergency in Ontario have thrown a wrench into the wedding plans of many couples. A cancelled wedding can cause a lot of headache - but it can also have a big impact on the legal rights of couples. Over the next few posts, our blog will be taking a look at some of these impacts. To do this, we are using hypothetical scenarios, specifically written to showcase certain issues. You should not attempt to apply these hypothetical scenarios to real-world situations: if you have questions about your own situation, please contact a lawyer.


Most couples at some point contemplate the purchase of their first home together. Some are extremely fortunate to be able to contribute equally to the purchase and live in financial, harmonious bliss. Others (more commonly) contribute unequal amounts and run the risk of future uncertainty around the protection of their respective investments or a difference of opinion about whether their future contributions to the household are recognized if the releationship breaks down.

The pros and cons of grey divorces

There have always been couples who divorce later in life. But with an aging baby boomer population approaching the age of retirement, there has been an increase in what has been dubbed “grey divorces”.

According to a recent article in Law Times, there are different complexities to divorcing later in life. One aspect of the divorce process most older couples can avoid are proceedings related to child custody and child support. For most older couples, their children have reached adulthood and have started families of their own. This means the parents may not need to interact with each other again if they should so choose. They may have to see each other at certain family milestones with their children and grandchildren, but that would be at their discretion.

Important Items to Consider When Drafting a Will

Thinking about a will can be a difficult process. It means thinking about what would happen to your spouse or partner, children, grandchildren, siblings and family and friends when you pass away. While difficult to think about, it’s also a crucial way to ensure that your wishes concerning your surviving family and friends, are met. Clear directions on how to provide for spouses, adult children and their families, and how you wish to divide your estate can help your family avoid the complications that can arise if your will is vague, or you pass away without a will.

In an article posted by the Canadian Red Cross, there are a couple of items that people should think about carefully when they decide to plan out their estate. Because planning an estate can be a complex process, it’s best advised to discuss these topics with an experienced estate planning lawyer. He or she will be able to help you plan out decisions and directions that are clear, and make sense for your family.

Common-Law Relationships And Estates Law

Common-law couples do not have the same rights as married couples. If your common-law partner passes away without a will, you may not have many legal options at your disposal to protect your rights to his or her estate. It’s important to understand the options you can pursue in this situation, and to discuss them with your partner as you plan your wills to make sure each of you is protected.

As outlined on s Steps to Justice page, there are a couple of alternatives that a surviving partner can look into. Below is a very brief summary of your options. For more information, it’s best advised to consult a legal professional to find out how these options may be applied to your specific situation.