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inFocus online: OpEd by Prof. Robert Leckey on the Eric vs. Lola case

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Published: 3 Nov 2010

Unmarried-couples law hasn't kept up with the times: Quebec must review the rules in light of current marriage realities

The Quebec Court of Appeal has granted "Lola" a partial victory in her suit against her ex-partner, a Quebec billionaire, "Eric," ruling that the exclusion of unmarried couples from the rules on spousal support violates their constitutional equality right under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Whether or not "Eric" or the government appeals, the judgment prompts us to recognize that Quebec's current law is incoherent and out of step with the family realities of Quebec society...

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