I read this with interest:
I wondered if there is a minimum period of time that you need to be cohabiting for it to be considered a common-law marriage?
I'm an ex-pat, I have lived with my Filipina partner for about one year, she is separated from her husband. I came out here with personal funds about this time last year, since when I have been the main source of income for her and her three children (though she has worked also for some of that time), I have paid the rent on the house where we live, I bought of the furniture for the house even before I arrived in the country and I also bought a car here.
We are in the process of separating as a result of some irreconcilable differences, and my partner wanted me to move out, leave her with the house and all contents, and continue paying the full rent until the lease expires (which is in June 2016), though she very graciously said that I could keep my car!
I am eager to treat the family fairly, I have no intention of seeing the kids suffer - I have treated them as my own for the last year that I have been in the Philippines, their real father is a waste-of-space who contributes practically nothing to their upkeep and education; but I would like to know what my rights and obligations are under law.
Thanks in advance.