Canada Family Law

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.

What Kind of Divorce Client Are You?

Brahm D. Siegel | Posted 01.13.2012 | Canada Living
Brahm D. Siegel

All of my clients are easily divided into two groups: magnet holders and dust collectors. Magnet holders take their newly signed separation agreement and put it on their fridge with a huge magnet. They refer to it daily. Dust collectors put their newly signed agreements in a drawer and let them collect -- you guessed it -- dust.