Common law spouses have unique issues that can be just as complex as those of married couples.

While common law couples are governed by the same or similar principles for parenting and support determinations after separation, in Ontario these couples do not have the same property rights and obligations as married couples. Unjust enrichment or other property claims may be available on a case by case basis.

It is important to work with a knowledgeable family law lawyer familiar with these types of cases to determine the options available in your circumstances.