But We Never Said "I Do": Understanding your rights and obligations in Manitoban common-law relationships

Posted: October 24, 2016 | Last Updated: December 15, 2017

In “But We Never Said “I Do”: Understanding your rights and obligations in Manitoban common-law relationships”, Kyla Wills and Sandra Kliman offer a comprehensive overview of common-law relationships in the province of Manitoba. In this whitepaper, the legal definition of common-law relationships is explained, including what constitutes the creation and dissolution of such relationships. Common assumptions about common-law relationships are also addressed, and common-law status is examined within a number of contexts, for example, custody of children and spousal support. For common-law couples who do not wish to incur the same obligations as married couples, Wills and Kliman offer several scenarios to illustrate how cohabitation agreements can result in very different outcomes should a common-law relationship come to an end. Read the whitepaper here.