Cohabitation & marriage agreements

What is your fee for a preparing a Cohabitation/Marriage Agreement?

Our quote is $2,500 plus taxes, for a total of $2,800, to prepare the first draft of an agreement after the initial consultation. This quote is subject to variation depending on the complexity of your matter, which your lawyer will discuss with you at the initial consultation.

Can my partner attend the initial consultation with me?

Due to Law Society rules regarding conflict of interests, we cannot meet with both you and your partner. We can only meet with you and obtain instructions from you. After we have prepared the first draft of the Agreement, and you are agreeable to the form of the Agreement as drafted, your partner will need to see another lawyer outside of our office to obtain Independent Legal Advice and will need to pay the lawyer his/her fees for the Independent Legal Advice.

Does my partner require Independent Legal Advice?

We highly recommend that both parties obtain Independent legal advice. An agreement is more vulnerable to being set aside by the courts if one or both of the parties did not receive adequate (and independent) advice with respect to their legal rights and obligations under the agreement, as it might be considered significantly unfair as a result.

How long does it take to prepare a Cohabitation/Marriage Agreement?

We cannot estimate how many hours would be involved in the drafting process, as it is depends on variables such as how complex the parties’ agreement is, how quickly the required documentation is provided, and whether the parties have worked out an agreement already or require negotiations.

More about cohabitation and marriage agreements

Where spouses or individuals at the early stages of a relationship wish to create financial certainty should the relationship someday break down.

Cohabitation and Marriage Agreements