Cohabitation is the fastest growing family type and has doubled in the last 20 years, with cohabiting couples representing 1 in every 5 families in the UK. However, there still remains the common misconception that those that have lived with their partner for a number of years are known as a 'common-law spouse', despite common-law marriages having been abolished over 200 years ago!
Unfortunately, only 1 in 3 cohabiting couples are aware that there is no such thing as common-law marriage and so many leave themselves vulnerable as they do not have the same legal rights as married couples.
If you are cohabiting with a partner or intend to cohabit with your partner and require any advice, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Nearly half (46%) of adults in England and Wales mistakenly think that couples acquire ‘common law’ rights after living together for a certain amount of time or having children together.