The myth of Common Law Marriage04-Feb-2019

By Susan Alexander , Consultant Solicitor, Family and Mediation

It’s only a piece of paper’

‘What’s the point in getting married- weddings are ridiculously expensive and there’s no need to nowadays.’

We’ve all heard people make these comments. There is a persisting myth that people who live together as if they were married have similar rights to married couples. Unfortunately, it is no more than a myth and is completely untrue. If you live with your partner, even if you have children together, the law does not protect you. Family solicitors have been campaigning for years to give cohabiting couples more rights as they are potentially seriously prejudiced if the relationship breaks down. Although Scotland has legislated to give cohabiting couples more rights, there has been great reluctance on the part of government in England and Wales to introduce similar protections here.

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If you’re worried about this and would like some initial advice to see how you stand, please contact a member of our Family Law team on 01244 356 789 or email

Please note: This is not legal advice; it is intended to provide information of general interest about current legal issues.