Living together, marriage and civil partnerships – legal differences

Your legal rights as a partner may depend on whether you are married or living together. Living together with someone is sometimes also called cohabitation.

Generally speaking, you will have fewer rights if you’re living together than if you’re married.

Find out the legal differences between being married and living together. In England and Wales, this covers lesbian and gay partners who can now get married. It does not cover civil partnerships.

For information on the legal differences between civil partnerships and living together Click here.

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