Cohabiting couples are on the rise

Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that the number of cohabiting couple families is growing faster than married couple families, up 25.8% over the decade. The research also highlights that the number of same-sex couple families has grown by 50% since 2015.
Experts warn that many people who live together, without being married or in a civil partnership, have “severely skewed” expectations of what will happen if one of them dies. 
There is a prevailing misconception that cohabiting couples are “common law spouses”. This is not the case and the law in relation to married and unmarried couples differs significantly. 
It is important that cohabiting couples seek advice as to the potential dangers of not securing their position in the event of a relationship coming to an end or the death of their partner. 
Talbots Law Family Team are on hand to advise and help you on all family issues - please contact Angela Newlan on 01384 447779, or call our New Enquiries Team on 0800 118 1500 to find out how we can help you today.