If you’ve been living with your partner for any period of time, you’ve probably heard of the term common law marriage or common law husband or wife.
You may also think that you have some legal rights if you’ve been living together for a certain length of time, but this is simply not true. In England and Wales, there is no such thing as a Common Law Marriage.
Marriage has been on the decline since the 1970s but hit an all-time low in 2015, with a small increase in 2016.
With less social pressure on couples to get married and the average cost of a wedding rising to £27,000, many couples are choosing to live together instead of getting married. They’re often prioritising buying a house, their education, starting a family or going travelling.