The Office of National Statistics has published figures showing that there are now 3.3million cohabiting couples in the UK.
Research conducted by a relationships charity in 2013 showed that 47% of the British public believes in the myth of ‘common law marriage’.
These figures are cause for concern for family solicitors, with cohabitees believing that they are protected when they are not. All too often families are created and built upon in the belief that if the worst happens and they separate, they will have the same rights as married couples to support and financial relief. This is simply not the case.
The Streathers Family Law team have drafted this note giving a little more insight…