Article Tag: Common law marriage

Common Law Marriage Rights: The Common Misconception

In my experience many couples believe that if they live together for some time they are in a common law marriage with the same rights as if they were legally married. This is false as common law marriage has not existed since 1753. In reality cohabitants living together outside marriage are treated in law as… Read more »

Living together successfully

New statistics released by the Office for National Statistics show a dramatic increase in couples choosing to cohabit rather than remarry, raising 10% in the last 10 years, with particular increase showing in the over 40 age group. The figures show that the trend is increasing even for people who have never married, with a… Read more »

Marriage not for you?

If you are one of the increasing number of people who have decided that marriage is not for you and you wish to simply live together without any of the formalities, beware! In a very recent case, a female cohabitee, Mrs Curran, has been “absolutely stripped of everything” when a 30 year relationship ended. The… Read more »

The world’s richest bride

In a surprise move, almost immediately following the flotation of Facebook, its founder Mark Zuckerberg, a man who is intensely private, changed his status to “Married”. He had secretly married his girlfriend, Priscilla Chan, whom he met at Harvard and had been in a relationship with for over seven years. It is not known whether they entered into a… Read more »