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Most people think that if you live with your partner for a couple of years you get the same rights as married couples. But this isn’t true. Couples who live together have hardly any rights automatically.

On these pages we explain exactly what rights couples living together really have, and the simple steps they can take to protect themselves and their families from whatever the future holds.

Introduction

Couple 4 new Despite popular belief, couples who live together have hardly any rights compared with married couples or civil partners. This article is an overview of what happens when unmarried couples split up or when one dies.

How to make a Living Together Agreement

Young couple smiling If you are moving in or living with your partner and aren’t married, you need to make a Living Together Agreement. This section explains why having a living together agreement is a brilliant way to protect yourself and your partner...

Housing

Lettings1 new Living with your partner, whether you rent or own your home, can sometimes play havoc with your housing rights. It is best to know the score so that you can ensure you and your partner will always have a roof over your heads.

Children

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Benefits and money

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Wills and inheriting

Signing a contract 2 new Two thirds of people in the UK die before they make a will. If you are cohabiting, you cannot afford to be one of them. Without a will, your partner won't automatically inherit anything from you, no matter how long you've been together...

Inheritance tax

Older couple new Inheritance tax is no longer just a problem for the filthy-rich and it is particularly a problem for cohabiting couples. In this guide, we show you what you can do to avoid leaving your partner with a whacking great Inheritance...

Pensions

Couple 5 with form new We explain how you may encounter problems with your pensions because you are not married and what you can do about it. It also shows you what to do now to ensure you and your partner will both be ok in your retirement, whatever...

Breaking up survival guide

Older man in field This guide is for you if you are in the process of splitting up with your partner who you have lived with. It will be helpful if you are still living together or if one of you has moved out. We want to help you find your way through...

Next of kin

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Married or not - One Plus One

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Married or not looks at the differences between marriage and cohabitation, what your rights are, and how to raise some of the trickier issues with your partner.

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