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How does being unmarried affect your rights after a split?

When a couple decides that they can no longer stay together and must separate, questions often arise about how their property should get divided. While couples who are married normally have to divide their property equally under the law, those who are unmarried typically do not. It is important to realize, however, that just because you are not married when you decide to separate does not necessarily mean that you do not have any legal obligations to the other party.

What you should know about same-sex divorce in Canada

Although gay marriage has been legal in Canada since 2005, the divorce process for same-sex marriages, or rather, gay marriage did not completely catch up with Canada's progressively more forward thinking laws until 2013. Until that time, a Canadian divorce was only available for couples if one spouse lived in Canada for a period of at least one year.

Marriage contracts are not 1 size fits all

A marriage contract, or rather, a prenuptial agreement is a legal document that is used to resolve issues that may arise involving finances and property division in the event that there is a "marital breakdown" or what is formally known as a divorce. Since the contract is drawn up prior to the wedding, it can sometimes be a source of emotional stress and anxiety for a couple. However, with care and consideration, it can help to ensure that in the event the marriage does not work out, there is an overall fairness for both sides.