As members of Resolution, our team fully support the campaign this week to promote awareness about the rights of couples who live together compared to married couples.
I still find that frequently when I first meet with clients or with other professionals, they ask me how common law marriage works.
The answer is short: It doesn't exist in law.
There is no legal entitlement created just by having a relationship when it comes to sharing assets or income on separation.
For information about the rights of couples on separation and how to protect assets during a relationship see our article at http://www.freethsoxford.co.uk/living_together_how_is_it_different_to_marriage.
If you are concerned about the impact this issue has on you or your family, or you know someone else who may benefit from advice on this issue, please do contact me on 0845 40401714
Often people presume that there are financial rights by virtue of the fact the relationship is a long one with children. We are often told that people are “common law husband and wife”. Unfortunately there is no such legal definition and regardless of the length of the relationship and how many children you have this does not spark any automatic entitlement to sharing of assets or income.