Cohabitation Committee Chair responds to new common-law marriage figures

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Responding to new figures released by NatCen showing 46% of British adults mistakenly believe in common-law marriage, Cohabitation Chair Graeme Fraser said:

“The figures released by NatCen underline precisely why a change in the law is so desperately needed. Despite the absence of legal protection for cohabitants regularly hitting the headlines, levels of awareness are still worryingly low. This is something Resolution and others have been warning government about for years.

“With cohabiting couples the fastest growing family type in England and Wales, it’s time for the government to grasp the nettle and introduce at least some basic legal rights. Otherwise millions of cohabitants continue to be at risk, and could be left with a nasty shock if their partner passes away, or their relationship comes to an end.”