Carrigan v Carrigan Estate

Is a Common Law Spouse Entitled to Death Benefits?

Suzana Popovic-Montag | Posted 09.07.2013 | Canada Living
Suzana Popovic-Montag

The question put to the Ontario Court of Appeal in Carrigan v. Carrigan Estate was whether a current common law spouse, or a separated but legally married spouse, should be entitled to receive a pension death benefit upon the passing of the member of a pension plan.

A Man With Two Spouses Dies -- Who Gets the Money?

Gary Joseph | Posted 01.13.2013 | Canada
Gary Joseph

The recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal in the case of Carrigan v. Carrigan Estate has caused quite a media frenzy.The case involved a contest between the late Ronald Carrigan's legal spouse and his live-in common spouse over pension benefits accruing to the spouse of the deceased.