Sunday, November 21, 2010

Alimony Expanded in Quebec

From The Vancouver Sun:

MONTREAL — A groundbreaking decision from Quebec's Court of Appeal opens the door for common-law partners to collect alimony, affecting about 1.2 million Quebecers and bringing the province in line with the rest of the country.

But the woman who brought the issue to a head by taking her billionaire ex to court, claiming alimony payments of the kind most women can only dream, might be out of luck.

Two out of three judges on the panel Wednesday gave the provincial government a year to revamp the family law section of the Civil Code so that unmarried couples can't be excluded from the right to claim alimony.

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The timing is particularly interesting considering the Pew Research results which say marriage is dead. I was just discussing this with some colleagues of mine, and stating that I believe it is time for Illinois to reconsider its position on this issue.

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Posted by: Kristy Gosteli | Nov 21, 2010 6:51:35 AM

If Quebec Family Law recognizes common law partnerships, then it should also authorize the award of alimony in such cases.

Posted by: Tulsa Divorce Lawyers | Sep 17, 2011 9:56:10 AM

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