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Quebec billionaire's ex loses common-law case

Published: 16 Jul 2009

The former common-law spouse of a Quebec billionaire has lost her bid to have common-law couples treated the same as those who are legally married once the union splits up.

Story: The former common-law spouse of a Quebec billionaire has lost her bid to have common-law couples treated the same as those who are legally married once the union splits up.

Lawyers representing the woman, who was trying to get a $50-million lump sum settlement plus $56,000 a month in support from her ex, argued that she was fighting for Madame-tout-le-monde who can't afford the legal costs. An estimated one million couples live common-law in Quebec - the highest proportion in Canada.

Expert: Prof. Robert Leckey, McGill Faculty of Law

Source: Montreal Gazette: http://www.montrealgazette.com/Billionaire+loses+case/1796893/story.html

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