Evidence of being 'Commonlaw'

Old Nov 16th 2004, 9:26 am
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Hi Folks, does anyone know what we are likely to be asked for to prove we are a commonlaw couple - we have bought a house together, can prove we have lived together for 4 years, but have no joint bank accounts - except the 'mortgage account'.
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Old Nov 16th 2004, 9:56 am
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Originally Posted by SaltySeaDog
Hi Folks, does anyone know what we are likely to be asked for to prove we are a commonlaw couple - we have bought a house together, can prove we have lived together for 4 years, but have no joint bank accounts - except the 'mortgage account'.
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You need to show you have been living together in a relationship akin to marriage for at least the last year. Just imagine you are the immigration officer and you want this conclusively prooved.

photos, evidence of holidays together, any official letters (bills etc) linking you to the same address, references attesting to your relationship from respected public citizens, evidence of communication (e-mails, letters etc) between the two of you during any periods of separation.

Just get as much as you can. Too much is better than too little

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A joint mortgage should be pretty helpful, I'd have thought. And, as Jameso says, any evidence of holidays and so on would be helpful. It might also be worth getting friends and relatives to write letters to say that they have known you for yonks and to vouch for your relationship.
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Hi - we just showed evidence in the form of utility bills and bank statement to a solicitor and the principal applicant swore an oath to the solicitor that we were in a common law relationship. We never bothered with letters, photos etc, it seemed like overkill. I'm sure we got the idea of swearing an oath at the solicitors from CIC info somewhere though I can't seem to lay my hands on it now.
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