The Unmarried Truth: Living together is not the same (in the eyes of the law) as marriage

If you live with someone (cohabit) without getting married or entering a civil partnership, family and friends may refer to you as common law spouses. Yet in the eyes of the law in England & Wales, there are no common law husbands or common law wives.

Divorce and Separation

Cohabitees do not have the same legal obligations towards each other that marriage or civil partnership brings. If your relationship breaks down, the law may not necessarily step in to protect your financial position, as it could do if you were married or in a civil partnership.

But it’s a 50/50 financial split surely I should be entitled to half?


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