This very informative guide has been written by Little Mr Mike
So, your relationship is in difficulties. You are concerned that things are heading for a breakdown. Are there any steps you can take now that could avoid difficulties at a later stage ?
The purpose of this article is to try and outline some practical steps you can take to protect your position. Some of them may need the help of a solicitor, others may not. In addition this article seeks to highlight things that you will have to do sooner or later and you might as well do them sooner. In addition the article will seek to outline your key legal rights, so you do not compromise your position unnecessarily.
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On 3rd November 2011, a briefing note of some 15 pages was prepared for MPs and uploaded onto the parliamentary website. It is a first class summary of all the relevant law as it stands for people who live together. I recommend it as essential reading for everyone who already lives with a partner and who is not married, and especially for anyone contemplating doing so.
If you're not married to your partner (or have not formed a civil partnership) and you die before you make a will, your partner won't automatically inherit anything from you. It doesn’t matter how long you were together. It doesn’t matter how committed you were. Instead, the law dictates that everything will go to your nearest blood relative, regardless of your wishes. In fact, if you don't leave a will, the Crown is more likely to automatically inherit from you than your partner!
For those people who intend to purchase a property but want to protect their interests in that property or for those in dispute with their ex partner (where there was no marriage). The website link should remain as long as it remains valid and contains links to all relevant case law including Jones v Kernott and Stack v Dowden
There is no such thing as 'common law marriage'. Heterosexual unmarried couples in England and Wales do not have the same legal rights as married couples. This website summarises the differences in the rights of cohabitees and those who are married.