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 Louise Neville, our specialist family Solicitor.  We offer a wide range of fee structures that can be tailored to your individual needs.


Please contact Louise Neville on 01254 872272 to discuss the best ways to protect your rights


About Louise: Louise trained at a firm in Burnley before moving to Roebucks Solicitors in Blackburn in 2008 as an assistant solicitor. In 2015 she joined Acklam Bond to head up their Family Department which has grown from strength to strength since her arrival.

Louise has a wealth of experience in all areas of family and divorce and believes that were possible parties should always consider alternatives to court action where possible.

Clients appreciate her direct and honest approach to matters. At such difficult times, this can affect the parties judgement when dealing with disputes which Louise deals with sensitively and fairly .

Area of Expertise: All areas of family law which include:


Divorce settlements

Child contact

Parental responsibility

Special Guardianship Orders

Non molestation Orders (injunctions)

Prohibited Steps Orders (none removal of a child from the jurisdiction)

Cohabitation agreements

Prenuptial agreements

Financial remedy (including consent orders)