The preamble to the agreement states that the parties intended that their rights and obligations with respect to support or
maintenance from or for the other be determined by the agreement. Article 18 stipulates that the agreement is “the entire and
only agreement between them relating to the matters referred to
in this Agreement” and that there are “no written or oral collateral agreements between them”.
 The parties covenanted in art. 5.2 that at all times during
their relationship “or upon the death of the first of them to
die . . . each shall be and continue to be completely separate and
independent from the other as regards the ownership, use, enjoyment and disposal of all property of every nature and kind”.
 In art. 6.1, the parties covenanted that “they shall each
remain financially independent of the other and that neither
shall have any obligation to support the other under any present
or future circumstance, statute or rule of law or equity in any
 In art. 6.2, they acknowledged that each of them “may suffer or enjoy drastic changes in their respective income, assets and
debts, in the cost of living or in their health, or changes of fortune
by reason of unforeseen factors”. In light of this acknowledgment
they agreed that “under no circumstance will any change, direct
or indirect, foreseen or unforeseen, in their circumstances give
either of them the right to claim any alteration or variation of any
of the terms of this Agreement or the terms in any other agreement between them”.
 Article 6.2 also provides the parties’ acknowledgment that
each may be called upon “during the rest of his or her life to use,
either wholly or in part, his or her capital for his or her own support and each agrees to do so without any recourse to the other
at any time”.
 In art. 6.3, the parties each released any rights they had or
may acquire to “maintenance, support, alimony, corollary relief,
or any other payment of money or transfer of property”.
 Article 7, a portion of which is set out above, dealt with the
residence. It provided that Albert and Helen intended to live in
the residence and that title to the property would be held in both
their names as tenants in common. Article 7(a) provided that
their individual household goods and chattels would remain their
individual property, but that each would include in their will
a provision granting a life interest over the other’s household
goods and chattels prior to distribution to their respective children. Article 7(d) specified that Albert had made the $140,000
down payment and that the balance of the purchase price had
been financed by a first mortgage, which Albert undertook to