The Common Law Marriage Myth

With Fiona Lee - Graham Evans & Partners

We are very often contacted by people who believe that they acquire rights as a “common law spouse” after a period of cohabitation. This belief can be held even more strongly when the parties concerned share children. However, that is not in fact the case.

Cohabiting couples are not entitled to the same financial remedies or protection when their relationship ends as those who have entered into a civil partnership or marriage.

There are over 3.3 million cohabiting families in the UK, a figure which has doubled in the last 20 years. It is likely that this will continue and will form the highest and most rapid growth in family type. Despite this, most people are unaware that they have few or no automatic property/financial rights on separation and death.

We can take steps to improve the position of cohabitees and to prevent or minimise the chance of legal problems arising.

Graham Evans & Partners can help you with any issues or concerns you have regarding this area. We adopt a fresh and modern approach to dealing with all types of family and property dispute. We can provide a tailored package of advice, support and guidance to meet any budget.

Fiona Lee has achieved Accredited Specialist status within Resolution which is a group of trained professionals who are committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. Fiona follows a Code of Practice that promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems. Fiona has also been appointed as a member of Resolutions Training and Learning Committee.

Graham Evans & Partners

You can contact Fiona on 01792 655822 or via email at

Moorgate House, 6 Christina Street, Swansea SA1 4EW


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