Do Common-Law Spouses Share Each Other’s Debt

In Ontario, there is no property division between common-law couples. That means that, as a result of their relationship, they do not share in the value of each other assets or their debts. Your common-law partner’s debts are hers, and yours are yours. You can share in each other’s assets and debts only if you make them joint, either explicitly or by treating the assets as joint assets over a long period of time.

Living common law in Ontario is very different from being married. There is a strict definition of what being common law means, which may or may not even apply in your situation. If you are common law, the main consequence is entitlement to spousal support. 

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