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The Myth of ‘Common Law Marriage’ – Know Your Legal Rights

November 01, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

The legal rights of unmarried cohabiting couples can be unclear, with many couples relying on the ‘myth’ of common law marriage - do you know what rights you would have if you and your partner went your separate ways? A poll by the family law group Resolution revealed that over half of respondents believed that cohabiting couples had the same rights as married couples if they decided to separate, but unfortunately this is not the case. Steve Kirwan who is leading Resolutions work to reform the laws on cohabitation said: “Despite the myth that there is such a thing as ‘common law’ marriage – which hasn’t existed since 1753 – ...

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