While planning their wedding, couples do not think of the legal implications that their marriage will entail. In the absence of a marriage contract, the couple’s matrimonial rights and obligations will be governed by the default system in Quebec: the Partnership of Acquests. It is possible, however, before or after marriage, to establish certain agreements and determine the mode of administration and ownership of property, during the marriage, at the rupture of marriage or at the time of death. For example, many couples choose the system of Separation as to Property. Although the rules of the family patrimony still apply, the regime of Separation as to Property allows each spouse to have the administration, enjoyment and free disposition of any property, at anytime, before or after their union.
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