I have always read, and been told, that common law marriages are NOT recognized in Thailand. I think perhaps the key words here are " cohabited and had children ". But it is confusing when the rest of the sentence says " were entitled to half each in the event of divorce. " How can there be a divorce if they weren't married? Also, it states that when one dies the estate goes to the children. This is generally the way of family in inheritance, but I ,again, was told if married it goes to the spouse first. A very confusing article, but I am not an 'online lawyer'. Feel free to correct me if I am wrong.