Dissolution of a civil union

A civil union is dissolved by:

  • a joint notarial declaration stating that the spouses no longer wish to live together;
  • the death of one of the spouses;
  • the marriage of the spouses to each other;
  • a court judgment.

The dissolution of a civil union because of marriage or death does not require any special formalities—the civil union is automatically dissolved.

Regulation to amend the Regulation of the Superior Court of Québec in family matters 

Since 13 June 2019, the parties in a family law case must attest to whether or not they are subject to conditions regarding another party or their child under an order, undertaking or recognizance provided for in the Criminal Code. Any party subject to such conditions must provide the particulars in a notice filed with the court office and provide evidence of those conditions; the same applies if the conditions are replaced, varied or lifted in the course of proceedings.

The new rules stem from the Government Action Plan on Domestic Violence, in which the MJQ made an undertaking to study the possibility of amending the Regulation of the Superior Court of Québec in family matters.


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