Unmarried Joy Williams lived with Norman Martin for 18 years in their joint home. Mr Martin had previously been married but had failed to finalise his divorce. The property he owned jointly with Ms Williams was held as tenants in common meaning his share of the property would pass in accordance with his Will rather than automatically to the remaining survivor. After separating from his estranged wife Mr Martin failed to update his Will. On his death, his share in the property he owned with Ms Williams passed to his estranged wife. Ms Williams took the matter to court and the Judge found in Ms Williams’ favour, awarding her an absolute interest in the house due to their “loving and committed” relationship whilst essentially living as ‘husband and wife’. This case has highlighted the issues that can arise when two couples live together as husband and wife but do not formalise their relationship through marriage or by way of a cohabitation agreement and corresponding Wills.