In Quebec, spouses can present their application for amicable divorce by themselves to the Court. The parties must then fill out various documents, present various documents, pay fees and file their joint divorce application on draft agreement to the clerk of the Superior Court. While it is possible for the spouses to present it themselves,…

Amicable divorce, officially known as a joint application for divorce on draft agreement, is a beneficial solution for couples who wish to divorce. Amicable divorce, as with disputed divorce, may be pronounced on four grounds. The recognized grounds are adultery, physical cruelty, mental cruelty or the fact that the spouses have lived separately for at…

There are several different matrimonial regimes. Whether you are married under the regime of partnership of acquests, separation of property or community of property, it is entirely possible to change your matrimonial regime at any time, provided that both spouses agree. How to change your matrimonial regime You can change your matrimonial regime by making…

Each year, the Institut de la Statistique du Québec publishes socio-demographic data on marriages in Quebec. These data shed light on marriage in Quebec.   The number of civil and religious marriages in Quebec In 2018, 22,800 marriages were celebrated in Quebec, 83 fewer marriages than in 2017. 97% of the marriages united a man…

In Quebec, the law provides that spouses retain their respective birth names when they are married (Section 393 of the Civil Code). It has therefore not been possible to change your name after a religious or civil marriage since 1981. However, in exceptional circumstances the Registrar of Civil Status may grant authorization for a married…

In Quebec, it is necessary to wait 21 days to get married between publication of the marriage notice (formerly known as publication of the bans) and celebration of the marriage. This delay allows celebration of a marriage to be made public and to allow any person who might oppose it to assert his reasons in…

Family patrimony is a very important concept to know and understand when you want to get married or civilly united in Quebec. Family patrimony is different from the matrimonial regime that you will choose by default or by marriage contract. Definition of family patrimony Family patrimony is a set of property constituted from marriage or…

There are several conditions to be met to get married in Quebec. Whether for a civil marriage or a religious marriage, the prospective spouses must respect conditions of age, absence of kinship, marital ties, consent and attendance at the ceremony. The legal age for getting married in Quebec The legal age for marriage is 18…

In Quebec, there are two types of marriage, civil marriage and religious marriage. These two types of marriage create the same duties and obligations for the spouses, one to the other. The same articles of the Civil Code of Quebec must be read to the spouses in both types of marriage, and the course of…

In my daily practise, I find that many people confuse a marriage certificate with a marriage contract. These two documents relate to marriage, but their use and purpose is quite distinct. The marriage certificate The marriage certificate is an official document that proves your marriage. In Quebec, this document is issued by the Registrar of…

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