Common law marriage
Men and women in cohabiting long term relationships often believe they have a 'common law marriage'.
However, legally there is no such thing as a common law marriage and many are unaware of this fact. Many cohabitants do not realise that although they may have lived with a partner for a long time, they do not have as many rights and responsibilities as married couples do.
For instance cohabitants who may believe they have a common law marriage may be shocked to find out how few rights they have over property, inheritance and children when relationships break down or partners die.
Think about making a will
There are steps that unmarried couples living together (cohabitation) can take to protect themselves financially in the event of separation, illness or death. A simple step you can take is to make a will. A family law solicitor can help you to learn more about how you can overcome the cohabitation risks by making a will and the procedure involved.
Nowadays more and more unmarried couples are choosing to gain advice on cohabitation agreements. Although such agreements are highly unromantic and may feel like tempting fate, there is nothing romantic about being without money or a place to live.
If you are currently cohabiting with your partner and would like more information about cohabitation agreements it is advisable that you speak to a family law solicitor who will be able to provide you with all the information you need and can put you in the best legal position.
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