Martin Lewis’ blog popped up in my inbox today and I read this with interest. Martin reviewed the financial benefits and rights associated with married couples rather than cohabitants. I was pleased to see the article reminding people there is no legal status to “common law marriage”.
In December last year the family team at Freeths wrote a series of blogs during Cohabitation Awareness week. These blogs showed the legal rights and responsibilities linked to marriage that are not available to couples who live together without marrying. These can be found at the following links:-
Myth 1 - Common Law Marriage
Myth 3 - Property ownership
Myth 5- Pension Rights for Cohabitees
If you have any questions or need any advice on cohabitation agreements, your rights and options or any issues raised in these blogs, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Marriage, and these days civil partnerships too, still count in many UK laws and rules. People talk about couples who live together but are unmarried as ‘common law partners’, though that’s just a phrase - it doesn’t usually give you rights. So here’s my list of the seven main financial rights of marriage - including civil partnerships - over just cohabiting (don’t blame me, I’m just the messenger). You’ll note, many of them involve death!