If you and your partner live together as a couple and are not married, you are considered unmarried partners. There is a general misconception that you are a ‘common law spouse’, this term does not hold any legal weight.
As an unmarried partner you may have a joint bank account, joint assets, a will, and children together. However your rights in respect of the aforementioned are different than if you were married.
Although you cannot enter into legally binding agreement when living together with your partner, it is wise to consider drawing up a written cohabitation agreement. In the event of separation this will highlight what you both agreed upon in respect of your entitlement to one another’s property or assets, the extend of the contributions you will each make and any arrangements relating to your children.