People Living Together

There is no such thing as a “common law” wife or husband in English law. If you live with another person for at least two years, then you gain only a limited right to claim on their estate if they die.

When unmarried couples split, the Court has to use laws that were never intended to deal with cohabiting couples. This can make these cases more difficult than divorce cases. The Solicitors Family Law Association has accredited Karen O’Neill in this area.


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