Services for Unmarried Couples

There is a common misconception that there is a legal relationship known as the ‘common law husband and/or wife’. In fact, the law of England and Wales does not recognise the ‘common law spouse’. The law merely distinguishes between married couples (or those same sex couples in a registered Civil Partnership) and unmarried couples.

Why does it matter which of these two groups my relationship falls into? The rights and responsibilities of unmarried couples are very different to those of married couples.