If your marriage ends, the value of the property you acquired while you were married and the increase in the value of property you brought into your marriage will be divided in half: one half for you and one half for your husband or wife. The law also provides that you and your husband or wife have an equal right to stay in the family home.If you separate, you will have to decide who will continue to live there.In addition, Ontario’s family laws provide that you may be entitled to financial support for yourself and your children when your marriage ends.Getting married results in your existing will being revoked, unless the will states that it was made in anticipation of the marriage. See page 38 for furtherdetails about what happens after a spouse’s death.This booklet provides some information about each of these options.
Before making important decisions, you should understand your rights and obligations.
Family law can be complicated and a booklet cannot possibly answer all your questions or tell you everything you need to know.
There are many ways you can inform yourself about the law and your options.
You cannot change the law that says each spouse has an equal right to live in their home. Remember that it must be in writing and signed by you and your spouse in front of a witness who must also sign the contract. If you have a marriage contract, it could say that the china is your property and that any increase in the value of the china during your marriage will not be shared with your spouse if your marriage ends.
We are already married and do not have a marriage contract. If you write your contract yourselves, each of you should have your own lawyer look it over before you sign it. I don’t own a lot but I do have the china set my mother got when she was married. When I marry, does the china set become my husband’s too? If you live with someone without being married, people say you are in a common law relationship or are cohabiting.