I am a lawyer in Scotland and will help you with this. Common law marriages are no longer recognised under Scots law. The rights of a cohabitant when their partner dies is now contained in section 29 of the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006.What that says is that the cohabitant of a deceased person can apply to the court, within six months of the death, for a capital payment from the estate of the deceased person. The court can make such an order from payment based on:(a) the size and nature of the deceased's net intestate estate;(b) any benefit received, or to be received, by the survivor(i) on, or in consequence of, the deceased's death; and(ii) from somewhere other than the deceased's net intestate estate;(c) the nature and extent of any other rights against, or claims on, the deceased's net intestateestate; and(d) any other matter the court considers appropriate.So there is no automatic entitlement and an application has to be made to the court within the six month period. I hope this helps. Please leave a positive response so that I am credited for my time.