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    • vb3d
    • By vb3d 19th May 19, 5:00 AM
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    Can a couple be still legally married if they don't live together?
    • #1
    • 19th May 19, 5:00 AM
    Can a couple be still legally married if they don't live together? 19th May 19 at 5:00 AM
    If me and my wife decided to start living apart each on their own house, can we still be legally married?
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    • _shel
    • By _shel 19th May 19, 5:01 AM
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    • #2
    • 19th May 19, 5:01 AM
    • #2
    • 19th May 19, 5:01 AM
    If me and my wife decided to start living apart each on their own house, can we still be legally married?
    Originally posted by vb3d
    Of course, if you're married you're married
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 19th May 19, 5:24 AM
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    • #3
    • 19th May 19, 5:24 AM
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    • 19th May 19, 5:24 AM
    The only way to stop being married is to get an actual divorce.
    • MovingForwards
    • By MovingForwards 19th May 19, 5:37 AM
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    MovingForwards
    • #4
    • 19th May 19, 5:37 AM
    • #4
    • 19th May 19, 5:37 AM
    https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=6003330

    Trying to find loopholes still?
    • 74jax
    • By 74jax 19th May 19, 6:35 AM
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    • #5
    • 19th May 19, 6:35 AM
    • #5
    • 19th May 19, 6:35 AM
    Originally posted by MovingForwards
    Post 5 on the above link is....... I'm praying a wind up surely.....
    Last edited by 74jax; 19-05-2019 at 8:55 AM.
    Forty and fabulous, well that's what my cards say....
    • frugalmacdugal
    • By frugalmacdugal 19th May 19, 6:41 AM
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    • #6
    • 19th May 19, 6:41 AM
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    • 19th May 19, 6:41 AM
    Hi,



    The only way to stop being married is to get an actual divorce.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew

    or your partner dies, just go for the cheapest option.
    Y'all take care now.
    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 19th May 19, 7:39 AM
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    • #7
    • 19th May 19, 7:39 AM
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    • 19th May 19, 7:39 AM
    Yes.
    Have a look at that marriage certificate thingummy - it doesn't require you to share an address.

    I know the old common law marriage myths remain, despite MSE trying to educate people away from fairy tales (like "my family will repay my loan") but really OP, the only place you won't be married is in the grave or on the far side of the divorce process.

    Pick one & get on with it.
    • Keep pedalling
    • By Keep pedalling 19th May 19, 8:29 AM
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    Keep pedalling
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    • 19th May 19, 8:29 AM
    • #8
    • 19th May 19, 8:29 AM
    Originally posted by MovingForwards
    I would have thought the cost of running a second home would far outweigh the (unlikely) retention of any benefits, unless the second home was a shed down the bottom of the garden
    • kingfisherblue
    • By kingfisherblue 19th May 19, 3:20 PM
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    • #9
    • 19th May 19, 3:20 PM
    • #9
    • 19th May 19, 3:20 PM
    If me and my wife decided to start living apart each on their own house, can we still be legally married?
    Originally posted by vb3d

    Not only can you still be legally married, you will be legally married, unless you divorce.
    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 19th May 19, 5:55 PM
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    Yes you will still be legally married but there's a financial snag in that I think if you both live in separate owned (rather than rented) properties and one of them is subsequently sold you will have to pay capital gains tax at around 30% of any profit made made, over and above your capital gains tax allowance which I think is currently around 11,000.
    You are only allowed to sell one marital nominated primary residence tax free.
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