In Quebec, one out of every three couples lives together without being married. But many of these couples mistakenly think they enjoy the same protections as married couples. Here are articles explaining the ins and outs of common-law relationships, what happens when these couples separate and how they can protect themselves.

These articles only apply to unmarried couples, often called “common-law” couples. To learn more about married couples, see our Editor’s Picks file Separation and Divorce: The Legal Impact of a Breakup.

How Common-Law Couples Can Protect Themselves