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Unmarried Couples Rights Upon Separation

A cohabiting couple is simply an unmarried couple who live together. The number of couples now living together without getting married or entering a civil partnership has increased from around 1.5 million in 1996 to around 3.5 million in 2020.

That’s an increase of 137% and cohabiting couples now represent I in 5 of all couples that live together. But although cohabitation is common practice, there is still confusion about the legal rights and responsibilities of cohabiting compared to marriage in England and Wales.

Cohabitating couples do have the same legal protection in areas such as domestic abuse, but cohabitation gives no legal status to a couple in the same way as it does in a marriage or civil partnership when it comes to financial matters.

Sadly, many people are still unaware of this, so we aim to discuss unmarried couples rights upon separation in more detail, while also dispelling the myths of common law marriage.

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