Posts Taggedcommon law marriage

What happens when cohabiting couples separate?

May 20, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

There are over three million unmarried couples in the UK and ‘cohabitation’ is the current largest growing family type, but people in ‘common law’ marriages remain unprotected by the rights married couples are automatically entitled to when it comes to separation. There is no such thing as a ‘common law’ marriage – unmarried couples who live together are cohabitants – and there are very few recourses in place to protect them should they decide to part ways unless they have set up the proper legal documentation during their relationship, such as a cohabitation agreement. When a married couple decides to get divorced, their assets and liabilities will be considered by the court and divided ...

Do I Need a Cohabitation Agreement?

March 24, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

First things first, let’s get a common misconception out of the way: There is no such thing as a ‘common law’ marriage! Living with your partner makes you cohabitants, but this kind of relationship is not automatically recognised in the same way as a marriage or civil partnership when it comes to English law, and will not provide you with equivalent rights or protection. The only way to protect your partner and your interests in an unmarried relationship is to draw up a cohabitation agreement and an up to date Will. What is a cohabitation agreement? A cohabitation agreement acts in a similar way to a prenuptial agreement, detailing your intentions in regard to your finances, children’s issues, ownership ...


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