Married vs. Common Law

Both married persons and persons who lived together in a common law relationship, may have rights to seek support from the other.

Generally speaking, only married persons have a right to share their property at the end of their relationship.

Married persons do not need to divorce in order to address the issues of support, custody, access and their property, but do need a divorce in order to re-marry. Parties who live together but who are not married to each other will not need a divorce to end their relationship.