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Did you know? Are you married/in a civil partnership or living together? - Part 1


This is the first of a series of short pieces about marriage and the different rights for married people/civil partners and people who are not married but live together as couples.

There is no longer such a thing as a common law marriage. It was abolished by the 1753 Marriage Act.

Several misconceptions exist in relation to marriage and when people live together:

  1. Some people believe they are married:
  2. Because they have participated in a religious marriage ceremony in England or Wales – this is not true if the necessary procedure has not been followed
  3. Because they have children together
  4. Because they have lived together for a long time

 

but they are NOT IN THE EYES OF THE LAW OF ENGLAND AND WALES

 

  1. Some people deliberately have not married or entered into a civil partnership (which is only available to same sex couples) and live together but think they have the same legal rights as married couples/civil partners, but they don’t.

Next week two weeks - Part 2 and 3 – The requirements for a legally recognised marriage

Added: 12 Feb 2018 14:51


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