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Insights // 20 August 2018

Cohabiting Couples - Raising Awareness of the Common-Law Marriage Myth

Partner Claire Dyer, in our leading Family law team, highlights some of the myths that many cohabiting couples may not be aware of.

Our Family law team is proud to be part of Resolution, a national group of family lawyers and other professionals committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. We follow a code of practice that promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems where appropriate and encourage solutions that consider the needs of the whole family - and in particular the best interests of children.

Resolution has reported that the most popular day to get married in 2018 in England and Wales is 18 August. With this in mind, they are encouraging family practitioners to think about issues that non-married couples face when they separate.

For the past two decades, marriage rates have declined and the number of couples cohabiting has increased. In 2016 there were around 6.6million cohabiting adults according to Resolution. This is officially the fastest growing family type, more than doubling from 1.5million couples just 20 years ago. Yet, a 2017 ComRes survey showed that only one couple in three knew there was no such thing as common law marriage.

Resolution has produced a helpful guide which explains cohabitee’s rights that highlights some of the myths that many cohabiting couples may not be aware of.

For further information or legal advice, please contact law@blandy.co.uk or call 0118 951 6800. 

This article is intended for the use of clients and other interested parties. The information contained in it is believed to be correct at the date of publication, but it is necessarily of a brief and general nature and should not be relied upon as a substitute for specific professional advice.

Claire Dyer

Claire Dyer

Partner, Family Law

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