In Episode 4 of Season Two of the Stewarts Divorce and Family Podcast, our team discusses the ‘myth’ of common law marriage and the legal rights (and lack of rights) of unmarried couples in reality.

The host of this episode, Tim Carpenter, is joined by partner Matthew Humphries and associate Finn Smith.

Questions answered in this episode include:

  • Is there such a thing as common law marriage?
  • How does not being married affect pensions and inheritance?
  • What can unmarried couples do to protect themselves?
  • Should the law change to give unmarried couples more rights?


More Divorce and Family Podcast

Season Two of the Stewarts Divorce and Family Podcast is underway, with the ten-episode season concluding in 2023. The latest episodes are  available now to listen to below as well as on all leading podcast hosting platforms including Spotify, Apple Podcasts, AmazonGoogle PodcastsStitcher and Deezer.

Season One of the podcast is now available to listen to in full, and covers topics including finances in a separation, what to expect in court, common mistakes that can be avoided and co-parenting after a separation.

The Stewarts Divorce and Family Podcast is hosted by partner Sam Longworth, senior associate Jenny Bowden and associate Tim Carpenter. Each episode features other leading lawyers from our team and covers a wide range of topics to help individuals, advisors and others understand and navigate the many issues that can arise between a couple on separation.

Our team also discusses the introduction of no-fault divorce in a special episode, discussing the significant changes to divorce in 2022 and why these changes matter to separating couples.



You can find further information regarding our expertise, experience and team on our Divorce and Family pages.

If you require assistance from our team, please contact us or alternatively request a call back from one of our lawyers by submitting this form.



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