Many people still believe that there is such a thing as common law marriage… there is not.
If you wish to protect yourself before moving in with your partner, you should consider drafting a Cohabitation Agreement, which can set out the terms of your financial arrangements before you move in together. If you have already moved in together, it is not too late to draft an agreement and it may help to resolve issues, should you sadly break up.
If you have split up with your partner but the home is in their sole name, you may still have rights to the property. This is a complicated area of law and it is important that you seek advice about your rights as soon as possible.
If you want to discuss any matters regarding your relationship, please contact us to arrange an appointment.