Many unmarried couples think that having lived together for years they are on a par with married couples and will be entitled to be supported once they split if they are the financially weaker party or parent with care of the children. The myth of the “common law” husband and wife is just that a myth. Unless you are married, there is no right to maintenance other that child maintenance and often unmarried parties find themselves in a dire financial situation. This of course is not an issue for Cheryl and Liam as both are thought to be independently wealthy but if you find yourself in such a situation, you will need legal advice to navigate you through the various options that exist. Our specialist experienced family lawyers at Taylor Walton can advise on alternatives to Court such as Mediation, Collaborative Law and Family Arbitration in addition to the traditional solicitor negotiations and Court avenues.