Six out of every ten couples who live together believe that they have the same protection as married couples if they split up. Unfortunately, they don't. The myth of common law marriage and the fact that many official bodies refer to people “living together as husband or wife” means that many people who live together are not aware that they do not have the same rights as a married couple when their relationships end.
That needn't put you off living together, however. You just need to understand that the law in this area is complicated and there are things you need to be aware of to avoid problems if your relationship breaks down. These pages outline some of these issues and will help you understand what you can do to protect yourself if the relationship does break down, or if something happens to either one of you.