Under the current law, cohabiting couples who separate have few or no legal rights or responsibilities against each another.
There is no such thing as a 'common law marriage'.
Couples may have been together for a number of years and have children together, however, their relationship is not legally recognised and they are generally unable to ask the Court to provide them with a financial award.
For anything further, one of our specialists would be delighted to meet you to talk through your options and answer any questions. Please contact us at any time.