My common law wife has incurred a substantial amount of credit card debt on cards issued in her name. what are my responsibilities as she has terminal cancer

Asked about 9 years ago in Delta, British Columbia
Categories: Family Law

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Robert J. Klassen

Answer by Robert J. Klassen

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As you are in a common law relationship there is no presumption of equal sharing of property or debts, unless you entered into a Cohabitation Agreement which signified something other than each of you would be responsible for your own debts.  Even if you were married, there is no specific provision of the Family Relations Act which allows debts to be divided, although this will probably be rectified in the pending Family Law Act, presently being discussed by the Provincial Government..

Posted about 9 years ago

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