I have been living with my partner for more than 10 years, but we are not married. Do we have the same rights as a married couple?

No. There is a persistent myth that once a couple have been living together for a period of years they gain the same rights as a married couple. This is often referred to as a ‘common law marriage’. There is no such thing as a common law wife or husband. You must be married before home rights accrue or a financial order can be made with regard to assets such as pensions and savings or a right to maintenance. You may have rights under property or trust law, but this is complex, uncertain and can be expensive to litigate.

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