Myth Busting - Common Law MarriagesFamily Law
In the modern world, it is becoming far more common for couples to live together before they get married, some even choosing not to marry at all. There is also a popular belief that after a certain period of time, unmarried couples will be considered as being in a ‘common law marriage’, providing the couple with legal rights against each other arising from their relationship. Sadly, this is a myth! The concept of ‘common law marriage’ has not been legally recognised in England and Wales since the introduction of The Marriage Act 1753.
Whilst married spouses are able to make financial claims against each other in the event of their separation, the law in England and Wales has not yet been properly developed to deal with financial disputes between unmarried couples. The only way to get the same legal rights as a married couple is to actually get married.Print Back to Blog