If you are married or in a civil union, your matrimonial regime or civil union regime defines various aspects of your relationship with your spouse, such as who owns and administers certain items of property. It also determines how your property is divided up following a divorce or separation or the death of one of the spouses. It is important to note that in the event of a separation, the rules governing the partition of the family patrimony take precedence over the stipulations of the matrimonial regime.
There are three matrimonial regimes in Québec :
- Separation as to property;
- community of property;
- partnership of acquests.