28 February, 2011
Figures released by the Office for National Statistics have shown that divorce has fallen again for the sixth year in a row. In 2009 113,949 couples divorced compared to 121,708 the previous year, this equals a 6.4% decrease.
Although the number of couples divorcing has decreased so has the number getting married suggesting that couples are instead choosing to live together rather than marry.
This once again throws the issue of cohabitation into the spotlight. Many couples believe that they have the same legal rights as a married couple if they were to split up. This is simply not the case, there is no such thing as common law husband and wife.
Couples who choose to cohabit rather than marry should consider a cohabitation agreement which would dictate how assets would be split should they separate in the future. It is possible for couples to live together for many years and following their separation one party will receive everything and the other party nothing.
At Forbes Solicitors we have a team of specialist Family Solicitors who can help you with a range of family matters including cohabitation, financial agreements and divorce. Call one of our Family Solicitors on 0800 689 1058 or contact us here.