Couples who live together in committed relationships (cohabitants) often believe they have some form of legal status or protection. That belief is wholly wrong. Despite what the general public still believe, there is no legal relationship in England and Wales of “common law” husband or wife. The same is true where same sex couples are concerned.
The stark reality is that cohabitants who have not entered into a legally-recognised relationship; either marriage or Civil Partnership, may have very few rights.