- Infographic: Marriage vs Cohabitation - A Snapshot of the Differences
Infographic: Marriage vs Cohabitation – A Snapshot of the Differences
Infographic: Marriage vs Cohabitation - A Snapshot of the Differences13 Dec 2019
Cohabitation is an arrangement whereby a couple live together as one household, but are not married or in a civil partnership. It is a common myth in family law that couples who cohabit for a long period of time, and particularly those with children, acquire rights equivalent to those of a married couple by virtue of a “common law marriage”.
“This is categorically not the case,” says family law associate Madelaine Hailey, who goes on to explain: “A marriage is, in essence, a financial contract whereby the parties to the marriage have claims against each other for income, property, capital, pension and maintenance. Couples who cohabit do not have the same automatic entitlement.”
Our helpful infographic below summarises the key differences in the legal rights of married couples and cohabiting couples. Contact us for tailored advice.
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