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J E F F
Whatta Ya Think About Dat?
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Kitchener, ON
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reply to NCRGuy

Re: [Excessive/unfair] lawyer [fees].........unreal.

said by NCRGuy:

Ian, I don't believe you are correct. There is Lo automatic division of property on the end of a common law marriage. And there can be no matrimonial home without matrimony (ie. an actual marriage, not a common law one).

Not in Ontario (although you can be compensated with some cash) but it appears to be different in B.C....(although you did use the word "automatic")

An example for B.C. law:

quote:
If your partner has been able to buy a lot of property because of your help, the law says that you may have a right to a share of the property, even though these things don't have your name on them. This situation can occur, for example, if you paid all the rent and food bills so your partner could invest in a business, or if you worked in your partner's business without getting paid for it.
Likely her common law partner felt he contributed to her house in different ways, such as paying utilities. Likely the court felt he didn't do enough. Likely her lawyer didn't know enough to know better.
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