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Cohabitation rights for unmarried couples

Cohabiting couples are the fastest growing type of family in the UK – numbers have doubled in the last 20 years. But cohabitation offers far less protection than marriage does and legislation has not caught up with the way modern families live today.

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It is essential that we reform our laws so that cohabitants are better protected if their relationship breaks down. We were delighted to support Resolution’s Cohabitation Awareness Week in 2017 #ABetterWay #ModernFamilies. We want to raise awareness so that in addition to changing the law, we change the way that cohabiting couples think about protecting themselves.

A simple solution is a cohabitation agreement. For help and advice on creating one, please get in touch below.

Many people ask for a cohabitation definition but in legal terms, it doesn’t actually even exist. We believe this needs to change. Join us online to hear more – we will be posting a blog piece busting the myths about cohabitation daily so check back here regularly.

 

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