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As divorce solicitors, we are often asked whether someone could be classed as a common-law partner.
In this article, we look into common-law partners as a concept, including common-law partner meaning and common-law partner rights, to help you avoid legal trouble.
A ‘common-law partner’ is the term used to describe an individual in a long-term relationship that is living with their partner. In England and Wales, there is no such legal term as a common-law partner. Although there is no legal definition for a couple living together, it is known widely across the UK as cohabitation and a common-law partner.
The common-law partner is a widely held – but mistaken – belief, that if a couple lives together for a certain period of time, they somehow become legal common-law spouses. This false notion that cohabiting couples acquire the same legal rights as married couples, has meant that many people do not take the necessary steps to ensure that, should their relationship break down in the future, they are financially protected.
The common-law partner rights are not the same during a relationship breakdown as the rights of a married couple during divorce. Common-law partners generally have fewer legal rights than a married couple.
Many people wrongly assume that they have been living with their partner for so long, that they have acquired the same legal protections as their married counterparts, due to a common-law-partner status. It is important to emphasise that this is not true.
Legally, a common-law partner does not exist. As a common-law partner or cohabitee, you do not have the same legal rights as a married couple.
Common questions that we hear frequently from our clients, are to do with common-law property rights.
When a relationship breaks down, the family home is often the most contentious issue. Arguments erupt over everything from who will continue to live in the house, how the money should be divided upon the sale and even who actually owns the property.
For example, if the property is owned solely by one party, the other party may say that they are entitled to a share of the property due to the fact that they have contributed towards the mortgage.
Unlike married couples, there is no specific law in England and Wales designed to deal with separating cohabiting partners. Again, it is worth repeating that there is no legal common-law partner meaning.
In the instance described above, various property law rules could come into play, none of which were designed with cohabiting partners in mind. Cohabitees do not have the same legal protections which their married counterparts benefit from.
You can formalise aspects of a living agreement prior or during living with your partner that could protect you if your relationship were to break down. A cohabitation agreement is advised when a couple moves in together to ensure both you and your assets are protected if the relationship breaks down.
This is another question we hear a lot when discussing the common-law partner meaning. The answer is a simple no.
Cohabiting couples who are not married will not have the right to apply for spousal maintenance if their relationship breaks down.
Court cases involving ex-couple cohabitees can not only be time-consuming, costly and complex, but the outcomes, due to the lack of laws designed for cohabiting couples, can be difficult to predict.
For some cohabiting couples, it may be advisable to enter into a cohabitation agreement. Always seek independent legal advice before entering into a contract of this kind as cohabitation agreements are legally binding and often a complex area of family law.
People use the term common-law wife to describe a woman who has lived with her partner for so long, that she has acquired the same/similar legal rights as someone who is married. However, like the common-law partner meaning, this is not the case. Legally, in England and Wales, a common-law wife does not exist. No matter how long you cohabit with a partner, you will not acquire the same rights as a married couple unless you get married.
If a married couple were to seek a divorce, the starting point for dividing their assets would be a 50:50 split. It is not uncommon for us to be asked whether a common-law wife (someone who is not married to their partner) is entitled to an equal division of the assets, too. The simple answer is no. No matter how long a woman has been with their partner, they do not acquire common-law-wife rights similar to a married woman’s rights.
If an unmarried couple were to separate, there is no 50:50 starting point for the division of the couple’s assets. Indeed, there are no specific laws that deal with what a common-law wife is entitled to receive if the relationship breaks down. This means that various other, often complex, areas of law may be called upon, which haven’t been specifically designed for relationship-breakdown situations, yielding often unpredictable results.
When an unmarried couple resides in a house that is just in one party’s name, this can cause problems if the relationship were to break down. If the couple were married, there is a law that enables the wife to claim a share of the family home, despite the fact it is solely in the husband’s name. This law does not apply to a common-law wife. In this instance, whether the common-law wife was entitled to a share of the family home would be dealt with by other areas of law, not specifically designed for the break-up of a relationship.
If, for example, the common-law wife had contributed to the mortgage on the understanding that this would result in them obtaining a share of the house, they may be entitled to a sum of money when the house is sold.
If there is no Will stating that the estate should be left to an unmarried partner, the estate would not necessarily automatically pass to the unmarried partner, as would be the case for a married couple.
Many people come to us after the breakdown of a relationship or the death of a partner, assuming that they will have rights as a common-law wife. This is not the case.
Our expert family law solicitors can help you with a range of legal issues relating to common-law partners, including:
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