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What rights do common-law couples have in Quebec?

Anne-France Goldwater is a family lawyer in Montreal. She was on Radio Noon today to answer questions about what rights common-law couples have in this province.

Lawyer Anne-France Goldwater answers listener questions about common-law relationships

Isabelle Renaud wasn't married when her partner died and had to fight to have their baby daughter carry his last name. (Radio-Canada)

The 2011 census revealed common-law unions are most prevalent in Quebec, at 21 per cent of relationships. 

With common-law relationships becoming increasingly popular, what rights do people who decide not to get married have in this province?

That question has been raised recently after two Montreal mothers detailed the complicated process it took to be able to give their babies the last names of their deceased partners.

Anne-France Goldwater is a family lawyer in Montreal. She was on CBC Montreal's Radio Noon to answer questions about what rights common-law couples have in this province.

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