However, there are certainly many other specific issues that could fall within or outside the above-mentioned issues.
If you are planning to get married, you should speak to a lawyer well in advance of the marriage date about putting a Prenuptial Agreement in place, the issues to be dealt with and the options in dealing with those issues.
Cohabitation Agreements are the equivalent of Prenuptial Agreements for unmarried couples who are living together or are planning to live together. If a couple is planning to live together, but also plans to eventually marry, it may be advisable to speak to a lawyer regarding the necessity or advisability of having two agreements, both a Cohabitation Agreement to apply for the duration of their unmarried cohabitation and a Prenuptial Agreement to be effective commencing on the date of legal marriage.
The purpose and intent of putting in place a Cohabitation Agreement is essentially the same as that stated above for a Prenuptial Agreement. However, Cohabitation Agreements differ considerably from Prenuptial Agreements in Alberta due to the different laws which apply to non-married versus married cohabitation. Non-married parties do not fall under the Divorce Act of Canada, nor do they fall under the Matrimonial Property Act of Alberta. The Family Law Act and common law (case law) do, however, apply in order to establish rights and obligations of non-married parties to one another upon separation.
Accordingly, it is advisable for non-married couples who plan to cohabit or are already cohabiting to at least consider, preferably with the advice of a family law lawyer, whether a Cohabitation Agreement is right for them and their situation.