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A legal framework for cohabiters is increasingly critical

Cohabiting couple families still find themselves in a confusing legal landscape filled with potholes, says Paul Hunt

21 July 2015

The number of people putting off saying 'I do' in favour of living together is one that continues to grow - statistics released last week show that around one in eight adults in England and Wales is living in a couple but not currently married or civil partnered.

With cohabitation most common in the 30 to 34 age group, it is increasingly becoming our new normal. But although this trend affects so many adults, and isn't a new or radical way of life, it still exists within a confusing legal landscape filled with potholes and pitfalls.

When these relationships break down, the fallout can be significant, particularly when there are children involved - as we in the legal sector know only too well.

An analysis of the general household survey, carried out by Éva Beaujouan and Máire Ní Bhrolcháin in 2011, suggested that the percen...

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