In a recent survey of MPs, undertaken by Resolution (www.resolution.org.uk), 69% of those surveyed agreed that many of their constituents mistakenly believed that there was such a concept as ‘common law marriage’. The Liberal Democrats also recently debated the issue of cohabitation rights at their annual conference.
This trend is increasing, with 5.9m people cohabitating in 2012, double the number in 1996. Many couples believe that they have the same rights as married couples and it is not until the relationship breaks down that they realise that cohabitees have few legal rights. This can often lead to undue hardship and stress.
For specific advice on your circumstances, please contact the Stone Rowe Brewer Family Law team on 020 8891 6141.