EU Citizens and Their Families

Does the Common Law Marriage really exist?

Many people in England and Wales believe in a ‘common law marriage‘. This suggests that they believe that just because you are essentially living ‘as man and wife’ you assume the rights afforded to married couples. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a ‘common law marriage’, meaning that cohabiting couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. For example, if a cohabitee was to die without a will, their partner would not automatically be entitled