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Cohabiting couples - those living together but not married are the fastest growing family type in the country with figures showing that there are over 3.3 million cohabiting couples in the UK. Yet despite the commonly held myth, there is no such thing as a “common law marriage”, and these couples have little or no legal protection should they separate. Under the current law it’s possible to live with someone, even to have children together, and then simply walk away without taking any responsibility for their partner.
As part of Cohabitation Awareness Week, Resolution - the family justice organisation which many family lawyers belong to - has joined with a range of organisations in calling for legal protection for these increasing numbers of people in the event of separation.
However, until the law changes, cohabiting couples need to be aware of their lack of rights, and consider taking measures to protect themselves in case their relationship breaks down. One such measure is a cohabitation agreement, a document which sets out what will happen to their finances and property if the worst happens.
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