Non-marriage relationships

Most people still choose to get married, but others opt for cohabitation. Same-sex couples usually register a civil partnership. Here, we explain your legal rights and responsibilities in these relationships.

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Cohabitation and common law marriage

How moving in together affects your legal position. The rights and responsibilities of cohabiting couples and what happens if the relationship ends

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Civil partnership

How to register a civil partnership, financial affairs and children for civil partners, and how a civil partnership can be brought to an end

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