Are Common Law Marriages Legal?

There is no such thing as common law marriage. 

It's a myth.  A common law marriage does not exist.  You are either married or not married.

Are Common Law Marriages legal?

If you are not married and not in a civil partnership, you do not acquire any legal rights or responsibilities by the mere fact of living together. And if your relationship breaks down, you could face financial hardship. There is no maintenance entitlement, and no automatic entitlement to property, capital or pension claims if you are living together without being legally married.

Living together also means you will have to make separate arrangements to own property jointly. And you may need a cohabitation agreement to spell out financial agreements you have made or arragements for your children.

If you are married then everything changes. You automatically acquire an interest in the other party's property and pension.

At Cotswold Family Law, we are happy to advise you on all legal aspects of cohabitation. Please contact us to make an appointment.

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