33. The Law of Marriage Contracts and Cohabitation Agreements

The Law of Marriage Contracts and Cohabitation Agreements

Family law can cause consequences to relationships that couples may not have contemplated. Marriage contracts (which are called prenuptial agreements in some US states) and cohabitation agreements can prevent common family law problems and are much more common than many people would suspect.  These agreements can take people out of the usual procedures for addressing legal issues during and after a marriage and avoid a lot of the controversial issues that cause fights and even long battles after separation.  But to have such an agreement hold up, and protect you and your family and also avoid difficult litigation in the event of a separation.  You have to follow the law that governs making marriage contracts and cohabitation agreements. 

In his episode of the podcast, family lawyer, Julie Tyas, gives a straightforward and easy to understand explanation of the law of marriage contracts and cohabitation agreements.  

This episode is an enhanced podcast on iTunes, and slides to accompany what Julie is saying will appear on the screen of your iPhone, iPad, iPod, or computer as you listen to the podcast. To get to this Podcast on iTunes, click on the Ontario Family Law Podcast logo above.  The MP3 version, which is at the left, does not have those slides, but you see them to the right of the text on this page.

People who work out a marriage contract before the wedding have given what marriage means more serious thought and go into the relationship and obligations knowing what they are getting into.  Because they have done that, the foundation of the marriage is stronger and separation and using the marriage contract is less likely.  Marriage contracts or cohabitation agreements have saved many relationships by addressing and removing issues that have caused the couple stress.

This podcast is essential listening for anyone getting married or considering moving in with someone. 

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