De facto union

Spouses who are living together in a de facto union, without being married or in a civil union, do not benefit from the provisions of the Civil Code of Québec that apply to the family patrimony.

Note : Cet article ne porte que sur les impacts et les conséquences de la séparation de conjoints vivant en union de fait.

Pour de plus amples renseignements sur les conjoints de fait, consultez notre section sur le sujet.

Looking after your best interests

To avoid problems if you and your partner separate or if one of you dies, you can provide for the fair division of your property through: 

  • a cohabitation contract;
    or
  • a will.

If you separate, the settlement will then be based on your cohabitation contract. All the terms of the contract must be executed in full to settle the obligations of the spouses toward each other (gifts, division of property, lump sum payment, etc.).

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