There has been lots of press coverage over the last few days that Cheryl and Liam's relationship is on the rocks and that the couple may shortly look to separate. 

They aren't married but they do have an 11 month old son together. 

I often advise cohabiting couples about their legal position in the event they separate.  Advice that Liam has, apparently, recently obtained. 

Contrary to what many believe, there is no such thing as a common law husband and wife. Cohabiting couples splitting up don't have the same financial claims as a divorcing couple.  

There are, however, financial claims that can be made for the children, including housing and funding for certain things.

If you're in a cohabiting relationship and in need of any advice, please don't hesitate to contact me.