There is no such thing as a 'common law spouse' in England but that does not make splitting from a long-term partner any less complicated or stressful.
We have the expertise to advise unmarried clients on rights in relation to all issues connected with living together.
Property sharing can give rise to disputes about ownership. If you are not married and separate from your partner, neither you nor your partner will be entitled to maintenance for yourself or to a share of any assets that are not in joint names. Finances for children are dealt with separately.
You may prefer to seek advice before you take the big step of living together with your partner. Recording your wishes in a cohabitation agreement, which is similar to a prenuptial agreement, can be a wise precaution.