The myth of the common law marriage29-Nov-2017
Cohabitation is the lifestyle of choice for many couples these days as the marriage rate continues to decrease and more children are being born outside
marriage. There is a common misconception that cohabiting couples and their children have similar protections to married couples but in England and
Wales this is false and there are many pitfalls for the unwary. Cohabiting couples simply do not have the protections available to married couples.
It is important to take expert legal advice.
What steps should you take if planning to move in together?
If you are cohabiting or planning to cohabit then it is worthwhile having a Cohabitation Deed drawn up to regulate things like:
What steps should you take if you are a cohabiting couple planning to separate?
Consider a Deed of Separation to regulate:
What rights do married couples or civil partners have that cohabiting couples do not?
For more information regarding Cohabitation Deeds or Deeds of Separation please contact a member of the Family Law Team at Cullimore Dutton Solicitors on 01244 356789 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This information is also available as a factsheet. To download a PDF click on the link below.
Cohabitation Fact Sheet.pdf (150 KB)
This is not legal advice; it is intended to provide information of general interest about current legal issues