Your rights if you move in with a partner will depend on whether you rent or own your home and whether you are married or in a civil partnership.
Many people believe that if they live together, they have the same rights as a married couple. This is not the case. There's no such thing as common law marriage in Northern Ireland and you will have fewer rights if you just live together than you would do if you were married or in a civil partnership.
Moving in together
Moving in with a partner is a big step. This page looks at things you need to think about before taking the plunge. At this stage, you won't want to think about what will happen if things go wrong and you split up, but it's important to know your rights and be prepared. More
Rights if you live with your partner
If you are moving into rented accommodation with your partner, your rights will differ depending on whose name is on the tenancy agreement. If you are married or in a civil partnership, you will have stronger rights, even if your name isn't on the tenancy agreement. More
Your rights if you or your partner own your home
If you and/or your spouse, civil partner or partner own your home, your rights will vary depending on whose name is on the title deeds and whether or not you are married. More