There’s a popular misconception that if you live with your partner for a long time, you’re married through a “common law marriage” with the same rights and responsibilities of legally married couples. 17 more words
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“We’ve lived together for ten years so my partner will inherit my estate…”
“Common Law Marriage” in England is a MYTH – there is no such thing under English law. 246 more words
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“This is ridiculous,” she mutters out loud, but to herself, as she closes the apartment door behind her. Setting down her purse and lightweight overcoat on the hallway chair next to the console table, she bends awkwardly, the belt of her work skirt cutting into her stomach, to pick up articles of his clothing scattered down the hallway and into the living room like Hansel and Gretel’s trail of bread crumbs.
In the same way that Heaven demonstrates the other-centredness of love, it’s not a leap to see this at work in functional relationships. Lovers are not mercenary when they love their mate; it’s only when they think about what’s in it for them that they become so, and at that instant they cease to love in practical fact. 291 more words