Prenuptial, Postnuptial & Cohabitation Agreements
We provide you with experienced and sensitive counsel resulting in unique and effective common law arrangements, cohabitation agreements, pre-nuptial agreements and post-nuptial agreements.
We collaborate with you to understand your objectives and recommend the best legal approach based on our experience and our knowledge of how the courts judge the integrity of these agreements. Our goal is to protect your interests should they be challenged at a later date.
Before You Move In
We recommend that cohabitation agreements be undertaken by two individuals or same sex couples who are choosing to live together but not formally marrying.
In British Columbia, unmarried couples who live in a marriage-like relationship for two years or more are subject to the same laws, rights and obligations as legally married couples. We recommend securing a post-nuptial agreement prior to your two-year anniversary of living together. And if you do get married, we can help you negotiate a fair and practical pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreement that protects your rights and is satisfactory to both spouses.
Peace of mind is priceless. No matter the type, the agreement outlines how things will be divided if there is a separation, addressing issues such as division of assets, including property, and debts and possibly spousal support. The agreement may address ongoing issues on managing household expenses and debts. Cohabitation agreements are binding agreements and enforced in a court of law. Each party to the agreement should seek independent legal advice before signing an agreement. As such, we can only represent one individual and encourage the other individual to seek independent legal advice.
Fairness and certainty are important elements of a respectful union. Cohabitation, pre-nup and post-nup agreements means you and your spouse or partner can start your shared life together in a transparent manner and with no surprises down the relationship road.