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Divorce: what you need to know

procédure de divorce

Is your relationship at a point where you are definitely considering a divorce? This article will help you better understand the different elements to consider for your divorce. This discussion is in two parts. In the first part (A), we will discuss the general formalities/procedure of divorce. In the second part (B), we will discuss […]

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SEPARATION OF “COMMON-LAW” (DE FACTO) COUPLES

séparation de conjoints de fait

by Me Alice Florian In Quebec, approximately 40%1 of couples live in a de facto union (in other jurisdictions referred to as a common-law relationship). De facto spouses cohabit and may start a family, but they never marry or unite in a civil union. However, under the Civil Code of Quebec, the status of a […]

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WHAT ARE MY RIGHTS IF I’AM STOPPED BY THE POLICE? WHAT DO I SAY?

If a police officer stops you to ask you questions, here are a few guidelines. Start, by being polite. In any of the three situations below, an officer will have grounds to stop you, if: they suspect that you have committed a crime; they see you committing a crime; you are driving If the police […]

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WRONGFUL DISMISSAL & COMPENSATION

If you have been wrongfully dismissed, you are entitled to compensation from your former employer. As a general rule, an employer can terminate an employee. However, employees with two years of service are entitled to reinstatement to their employment if the employer does not have just reason or cause for the termination of the employment. […]

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SELLERS AND BUYERS, BEWARE – OF HIDDEN DEFECTS

Whether you sell or purchase a property, you may be faced with one of the following situations that must be dealt with promptly. If you sold your property, or you intend to do so, claims can be made against you for hidden defects months or even years later. For example, water infiltration from the roof, […]

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CUSTODY AND RELOCATION AWAY FROM QUEBEC

After a break up, a parent may want to get closer to his or her country or province of origin in order to rebuild a new life. But what about the child and the parent remaining in Quebec? Obviously, shared custody is not possible. This discussion will briefly review the factors that a Court will […]

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