So first off there is no legal term for 2 people that are living together, however most commonly it is used when 2 people live together as a couple, without being married. To make these ‘living together arrangements’ more official, you can draw up agreements amongst yourself to set out in writing what responsibilities each partner owes to the running of the household. While these ‘cohabitation agreements’ are not legally binding, they will come in use for further references if for whatever reason you decide not to live together any longer.

These agreements however can become legally binding if you so wish. For example, you may want to legally bind the ownership of the house, to do contacting a family lawyer will be necessary. For more information on our family law services please click here.

Furthermore, it must be noted that the terms ‘common-law wife and husband’ are used frequently to describe a cohabiting couple. It must be brought to attention that this does not have any recognition in terms of the law.

Marriage certificate and rose being cut

Moving on – let’s talk about marriage, you can be married either religious or have a civil marriage. Some religious ceremonies also need religious ceremonies to be counted in the eyes of the law.

For proof of marriage, a certified copy of the UK registry, or a valid marriage certificate.

And also, let’s take into account civil partnerships – a civil partnership is a relationship that can be registered between a couple of the same sex.

Once someone applies for a civil partnership, it cannot be ended unless one of you dies, or the you apply to the courts to end the relationship, also the partnership cannot be ended unless it has lasted for year.

So how does this affect your banking rights?

If you have a civil partnership, or you are living together but both of your bank accounts are separate – then each of your assets remain separate. However, if your bank accounts are joint this becomes a different situation and would have to dealt with taking into account many factors.

This is different in comparison to marriage, where all assets are shared no matter who put them in there. and they will need to be claimed in a will. or via mutual agreement or a divorce settlement in the case of divorce.

If you find you need any advice around  family law or simply want to know more, don’t hesitate to call our team on: 0116 2999 199 or alternatively you can email us at: info@d-w-s.co.uk