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Your de Facto union, a wise choice?

Information campaign on the legal reality of being in a de facto union 

For several years now, an increasing number of Quebecers are in de facto unions. Opting to live in a de facto union may be a good life choice if both spouses are familiar with and accept all the legal consequences of their situation. Unfortunately, many myths persist regarding de facto unions. Many de facto spouses are wrong in thinking they have the same rights and obligations as married persons. These misperceptions can create conflicts that are resolvable only in the courts. However, with good planning, certain disputes can be avoided. 

To raise awareness on these issues, the CSJ is making a practical checklist available to the general public free-of charge. It summarizes in point form the basic things that anyone in a de facto union should know and do before, during and after living together. The checklist is a useful tool that gives you practical guidance and lists the things both spouses should do to ensure that their respective rights and obligations are respected. The checklist raises some major issues such as the dividing up of property, succession and alimony entitlements. 

You can download the Checklist or pick it up in any legal aid office in Québec. 

Want to know more? Consult the information section below. It supplements the checklist and provides greater detail on some things you should be aware of.

To find out more


  • Publications du Québec This hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.Titre:Publications du Québec.Date du fichier:2017-01-01

  • Québec legislation

    •Workman's Compensation Act
    •Act respecting industrial accidents and occupational diseases
    •An Act respecting financial assistance for education expenses
    •Legal Aid Act
    •Automobile Insurance Act
    •Insurance Act
    •Savings and Credit Unions Act
    •An Act respecting trust companies and savings companies
    •An Act respecting school elections
    •An Act respecting duties on transfers of immovables
    •Cooperatives Act
    •Taxation Act
    •An Act respecting the Québec sales tax
    •Labour Standards Act
    •Courts of Justice Act
    •An Act respecting the Québec Pension Plan
    •An Act Respecting the Government and Public Employees Retirement Plan
    •An Act Respecting the Civil Service Superannuation Plan
    •Supplemental Pension Plans Act
    •Act respecting the conditions of employment and the pension plan of the Members of the National Assembly
    •An Act respecting the Pension Plan of certain teachers
    •An Act respecting the Pension Plan of peace officers in correctional services
    •An Act respecting the Pension Plan of Elected Municipal Officers •An Act Respecting the Teachers Pension P
    •An Act respecting assistance and compensation for victims of crime
    •Individual and Family Assistance Act

  • Department of Justice Canada This hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.Titre:Department of Justice Canada.Date du fichier:2017-01-01

  • Canadian legislation

    •Canada Pension Plan
    •Citizenship Act
    •Employment Insurance Act •Income Tax Act
    •Old Age Security Act
    •Pension Benefits Division Act
    •Pension Fund Societies Act
    •Public Service Employment Act
    •Public Service Superannuation Act
    •Special Retirement Arrangements Act
    •Supplementary Retirement Benefits Act
    •War Veterans Allowance Act

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© Commission des services juridiques Création: Diane Laurin - 2017