One of the most common myths in English Law is that there is such a thing as a “common law marriage”. There is none. The Courts do not have the powers to divide assets that they have on the ending of a marriage or civil partnership.
Pursuing a claim against your ex-partner on separation or on their death can be very complicated, uncertain and expensive. A written agreement signed by both of you can help to put you in control of the likely outcome, and avoid the need for proceedings. Such an Agreement needs to be detailed and carefully drafted to ensure that it covers all potential circumstances and that it would not produce unexpected unwanted results. We can advise on and prepare such an Agreement for you.
For more information see our library section – “Cohabitation Agreements – Protection for Unmarried Couples”.