When ‘lockdown’ was announced back in March due to the threat of Covid-19, many couples made a decision to move in together and fast-track their relationships (so to speak), to avoid a lockdown apart.
As time passed, for many, living together or “cohabiting” as it is also known, is now part of the ‘new normal’.
The Office for National Statistics has revealed that there are now over 3.5 million couples living together in the UK, as it becomes increasingly commonplace to buy a home or have children before marriage.
Statistics also reveal many couples are opting against marriage altogether, for one reason or another; with marriage rates continuing to fall. Hence cohabiting couples are the fastest growing family type in the past decade.
Many people who are cohabiting, believe that they share many of the same rights as a ‘common-law’ wife or husband. They are totally unaware of the limited legal protection they have if the relationship breaks down.
Put simply, the truth is that unmarried couples living together do not have the same rights as married couples or as those who have entered into a civil partnership.