Cohabiting couples

Rights of cohabiting couples
Cohabitants do not possess the same rights and obligations as married couples or civil partnerships

Rights of same-sex couples
Check the formal rules that may affect the relationships of same-sex couples.

Property rights of cohabiting couples
This page explains the property rights of cohabiting couples, for example, in relation to buying a home together, making a cohabitation agreement, applying for local authority housing, and getting legal advice.

Inheritance rights of cohabiting couples
Cohabiting couples have no automatic right to inheritance on the death of either partner. What are your rights, and find out how you can plan and make provisions for dependants.

Life insurance, pensions and civil status in Ireland
Your civil status in Ireland may make some differences to your life insurance or pension entitlements. Find out about these differences, unclaimed life insurance policies and contacts for more information.

Legal guardianship and cohabiting couples
Law regarding guardianship of children of non-marital relationships.

Custody of children and cohabiting couples
When the parents of a child separate and they cannot agree on who should have custody of the child, the court will decide. Find out about the law regarding the custody of children of non-marital relationships.

Access to children and cohabiting couples
How the courts decide arrangements for access to children for separating unmarried parents.

Taxation of cohabiting couples
Find out about how cohabiting couples are taxed.
This document is in: Income tax