Claire Chisnall explores legal principles and protections for couples choosing to cohabit.

Cohabiting couples make up the fastest growing family type in the UK, as individuals increasingly choose to hold off on (or indeed opt out of altogether) getting married.

Our research

What is surprising given this trend is that 51 per cent of Brits think that couples who live together automatically have the same legal rights as married couples. This was revealed in a survey conducted by our firm, Stowe Family Law.

We were keen to gather an understanding of how pressing a matter it is for the law to catch up with modern family choices – specifically cohabitation, in this case. With so many couples falsely believing there is such a thing as a ‘common law marriage’, there is a real need f...

Claire Chisnall
Stowe Family Law

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