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What happens when it goes wrong for unmarried couples?

The law in relation to separating unmarried couples is misunderstood by most people: the belief in the non-existent rights of a ‘common-law’ spouse is widespread. You will have seen from our various blogs during last year’s Cohabitation Awareness Week that there are many issues that arise when an unmarried couple, who have been living together, separate.

Cohabiting couples and property rights

  Statistics show that the number of couples who are choosing to live together without getting married or entering into a civil partnership is increasing. For the purpose of this blog, I will use the phrase cohabiting couple to mean a couple who live together but are not married or in a civil partnership. What

Unmarried parents – legal rights (Part two)

    47.6% of children born in the UK in 2016 were born outside marriage or civil partnership (Office for National Statistics statistical bulletin 19th July 2017), yet many unmarried parents do not understand the implication that this has on their legal relationship with their child or their financial obligations. In part one of this

Unmarried parents – legal rights  (Part one)

  47.6% of children born in the UK in 2016 were born outside marriage or civil partnership (Office for National Statistics statistical bulletin 19th July 2017), yet many unmarried parents do not understand the implication that this has on their legal relationship with their child or their financial obligations. Today we will consider unmarried parents’ legal

The Myth of Common Law Marriage

Although the terms common-law husband or wife are frequently used to describe a couple who live together, these relationships do not have any legal recognition. There is no such thing as common law marriage. Nevertheless, many people hold the belief that couples who live together in a settled relationship will, at some point, acquire the