India’s Supreme Court has ruled that unmarried couples who are living together will be presumed legally married. Furthermore, the woman will be eligible to inherit the property in the event of her partner’s death. Since 2010, the India’s highest court has ruled in favor of couples living together as husband and wife, giving the woman the rights of a wife. The law supports marriage and is against “concubinage,” especially when a man and woman have cohabited continuously for a long time. However, this presumption of marriage can be rebutted if there are circumstances or unimpeachable evidence that destroyed the presumption. According to the Supreme Court, “A heavy burden lies on a party who seeks to deprive the relationship of legal origin.”
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