Ontario Family Law Podcast

63 - What Can You Do With A Marriage Contract?



Ontario Family Law Podcast


63 - What Can You Do With A Marriage Contract?

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As soon as COVID-19 restrictions started lifting, people started getting married again.  But having had to wait, or perhaps because they are getting married older, the betrothed have given some thought about what getting married means.  Perhaps they have been following the Ontario Family Law Podcast and paid attention to the issues that can arise on separation, or read the comments. Perhaps they have read the Guide to the Basics of Ontario Family Law to understand how Family Law works.  But, people who are getting married now are getting married smarter and using marriage contracts to avoid surprises if they separate. From property division, to child and spousal support to parenting issues, in this episode of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, Certified Specialist in Family Law, John Schuman explains what you can and cannot do with a marriage contract or a cohabitation agreement (for people who are living common law).  He also explains what the law says cannot be changed using these types of contracts. This episode is essential listening for people who are getting married, or people who are planning to live common law, so they know what arrangements they can make to protect what is most important to them during in their relationship.


If you found this episode helpfulcheck out these other episodes on related topics:

60 - Should You Take Your Ex to Family Court?

59 - Why You Wont Get Custody of the Kids

33 - The Law of Marriage Contracts and Cohabitation Agreements

30 - Spousal Support Entitlement

29 - Common Law Separation and Property Division

10 - Child Support in Ontario/Canada

9 - How Property is Divided After a Marriage

8 - How Your Heart Can Get You Into Financial Trouble

4 - How to Have an Enforceable Marriage Contract 

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The Ontario Family Law Podcast is a companion to the book, Guide to the Basics of Ontario Family Law, which is available  as a $9.99 Kindle eBook, Kobo eBook, or iBook for your iPad or iPhone and as a paperback from Amazon and better bookstores.   Anyone who has to deal with issues related to separation or divorce, the financial considerations in those circumstances or parenting concerns should rely on both this podcast and the book for easy-to-understand information and advice about how the law applies to their case and what are the best ways to address their concerns.  The book also covers all the other related family law issues, such as child support, spousal support, property division and restraining orders.  To get your copy of the book, click on the picture of the book above and to the left.


Thousands of people tune into the Ontario Family Law Podcast to get valuable pointers on family law, divorce and separation issues.  Please feel free to share this podcast with your social network using the sharing buttons below.  The host of the Ontario Family Law PodcastJohn Schuman, is a Certified Specialist in Family Law, practicing in Toronto.  If you would like to contact him, either call 416-446-5847, email us,  or fill out form below and click “send.”  To book a consultation, at a reduced rate, use this form


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