When a Couple Separates.

Family Patrimony

Ministère de la Justice

The rules governing the family patrimony apply regardless of whether you are married or in a civil union. The family patrimony includes all the property acquired by a couple during their union, regardless of which spouse actually owns the property. It includes the family home, your furniture, your vehicles and the credits accrued in each spouse’s pension plan.

Whatever your matrimonial regime and whether or not you have children, each spouse is entitled to half of the value of the family patrimony following a separation.

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