When a Couple Separates.

De facto Separation
De Facto Separation

Ministère de la Justice

De facto separation refers to the situation of a couple who stop living together. The legal implications vary, depending on your conjugal situation. For example, if you are married, you retain the right to inherit your spouse’s property. In addition, you are still required to provide mutual aid to one another.

Remember that no agreement between parents provides legal protection unless it has been confirmed by the court.

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  • De facto separation is when a couple stops living together, whether they are married, in a civil union or in a common-law (de facto) union. The legal implications depend on the couple’s civil status.
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