English law gives cohabitees very limited rights when compared to married couples, which will often create great injustices when a relationship breaks down.
Making a claim can often be a costly and lengthly process. If you are contemplating moving in together, you should draw up a cohabitation agreement to reflect the decisions you have made on the ownership of any property which you may have both contributed to in terms of its purchase and maintenance.
Proper legal advice is often crucial when cohabitations commence, and can cover a whole raft of matters including property ownership, the law of trusts, the support of the weaker economic party in the event of the relationship breaking down and the provision for any children. The agreement can also deal what would happen on the death of either party and will often be considered in the context of either of you having a Will.