Cohabitees : legal rights

Cohabitees - legal rights

Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as ‘common law marriage’. Cohabitees have very few legal rights and consequently need to make a number of legal documents to protect themselves and each other.

“Many cohabitees are under the false impression they are common law spouses, with the same guaranteed protections and financial and legal rights as married couples.”

~ Sheela Mackintosh-Stewart, ifamiliesUK in Forbes

In this section you can find more information on the rights of cohabitees and the steps they need to take to protect themselves.

Opposite-sex civil partnerships: an alternative to marriage

Civil partnerships are now an option for opposite-sex couples, providing the choice of a formal union without any religious connotations. Cohabitees may wish to give this new possibility some thought since they have few legal rights and, contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as a ‘common law marriage’.