There’s no such thing as ‘common law’ marriage
Many people believe that living with their partner gives them ‘common law’ rights, when in reality they have no automatic rights at all if they split up. In fact, dividing the finances and assets of a couple who separate after living together is often more complex than advising a married couple because it involves property, rather than matrimonial, law.
We would always advise couples who plan to move in together to draw up a cohabitation agreement outlining who is contributing what to the relationship and the property in financial terms, and giving them clarity on who would be entitled to what should they separate.
Unfortunately, most people don’t draw up agreements when they move in together, but if you do separate, our team of experts can help you work through your finances and identify what you, and your ex, are entitled to.
Contact us on 01924 290029 to find out how we can help.