Couples in a de facto union
Spouses who are living together in a de facto union, without being married or in a civil union, do not benefit from the provisions of the Civil Code of Québec that apply to the family patrimony.
Married or couples in a civil union
Understanding divorce, dissolution of a civil union or de facto separation.
Children: a joint responsibility upon separation
Both parents have rights and duties concerning the education, supervision and maintenance of their children. They hold parental authority regardless of their union.
The family mediation program allows couples with dependent children, whether or not they are married, to receive a number of free sessions with a professional mediator.
Family law services provided by legal aid offices
Following a legal separation, a divorce or the dissolution of a civil union, one former spouse may be required to pay support to the other former spouse.
When a couple separates
This guide provides you information on separation, divorce, family mediation, custody and support payments.
Last update: April 6, 2023