The circumstances when a couple choose to live together are always unique to that couple. For example some couples choose to live together:
- With no intention of getting married or entering into a civil partnership;
- As the first step before getting married or entering into a civil partnership;
- After they have got married or entered into a civil partnership.
It is important to appreciate that choosing to get married or enter a civil partnership or choosing not to enter into such a formal legal relationship has consequences upon your legal position following separation or death.