Graham1 wrote: Its different when a couple divorce than if they lived together as their rights are more determined :-
In the UK the starting point for dividing the assets in divorce are 50/50. However the financial settlement will usually be different in each case as it depends on the parties circumstances and their needs when it comes to deciding what they should each receive from the matrimonial assets.
If a cohabiting couple splits up, they do not have the same legal rights to property as a married couple. In general, unmarried couples can't claim ownership of each other's property in the event of a breakup. Gifts made during the relationship remain the property of the recipient.
Our laws were the same until they fix it, now if a married couple has children, that is a tough battle, hard on kids. No kids involved then it is simple... when they buy the house, it is in both names so it would be fair either way (marriage or common law), if one don't want to sell the house then that person has to provide the equal value of the home, if it is joint bank account then it is split 50/50, this why a couple has their own bank account so they won't loose their 50 % . They would loose their partner CCP, if they live common law they have to prove that they live common law to claim that decease CPP.
Child custody battle, there would be child support who ever don't have the kid/s. If there is no child support then that person who suppose to give child support will loose it's driver licence unless they go to court and have a mediator working with them.
This is why it is so important to find that MR. Right or Mrs.Right, as a divorce battle is a terrible ordeal for anyone, more so for the kid/s. Because you can get very angry kid/s. It is worst when that child is in their youth/teen years.