My ex and I had 2 religious ceremonies in 2 countries (not UK). This was to appease our family members.
Will we be treated as married in UK courts. We have two children 11 & 14. We have lived together for about 14 years in the UK.
Lawyers in both countries have said the ceremonies are NOT legal marriages.
Will we be treated as married or cohabiting for UK financial settlement purposes ?
Did you put a ring on her finger with a view to getting married? From what you describe it sounds like you did and If so then i am afraid you might find yourself in a situation where u will be treated as married.