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Cohabitation: are your rights protected?

A recent study by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has shown that cohabiting couples represent nearly 10% of the population. The rise has caused a number of family law experts to argue that this is further proof that the law on cohabitation needs to catch up with modern British society.

According to the ONS, people who were cohabiting (those living together without being married or in a civil partnership) represented 6.8% of the population in 2002 and 9.5% of the population by 2015. The research states that the rise may be explained by an increasing trend to cohabit instead of marry, or to cohabit before marriage, particularly at younger ages.

Under current cohabitation law, there is little legal protection for cohabiting couples in the event of death or relationship breakdown. This can have a major and unexpected emotional and financial impact, in particular where children are involved. If you are currently cohabiting or thinking about cohabiting, you may wish to enter into a Cohabitation Agreement to protect your interests and to formalise each parties financial rights and responsibilities.

This area of law can be complex and we would advise that assistance in sought from our specialist family solicitors. We offer a wide range of fee structures that can be tailored to your individual needs. Our team has a wealth of experience in all areas of family and divorce and believe that, where possible, parties should always consider alternatives to court action where possible.

Please contact our family law team on 01254 872272 to discuss the best ways to protect your rights.

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