Do cohabiting couples have the same rights as married couples?October 16, 2015 // No Comments
SAIF Business Centre is often contacted by Members facing disputes between family members because cohabiting couples do not have the same rights as married couples.
51% of respondents in the 2008 British Social Attitudes Survey wrongly believed that unmarried couples who had lived together for some time had a common law marriage, giving them the same rights as married couples. However, common law marriage does not exist in UK law and some cohabiting partners discover too late that they have no right to arrange their own partner’s funeral, own the ashes or inherit from the deceased’s estate, if there is no legal arrangement in place.
SAIF Members may read an article on this subject, published in SAIFinsight, written by Amanda Freeman and Jane Tenquist at law firm Myerson, member of the UK200 Group. Simply login to the Members’ area and use this link.