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Not getting married

By | Divorce myths, Living together/cohabitation, marriage, News | No Comments

According to the Office of National Statistics this week, the number of cohabiting couples has more than doubled in the last 20 years, from 1.5m in 1996 to 3.3m in 2016. Cohabiting couple families now make up 17% of all families in the UK. What are the implications of this? The fundamental difference between marriage and cohabitation is that when you get married, you know that there is a legal framework around what would happen if you were to split up: the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 kicks in to regulate your divorce and any financial arrangements that need to be made…

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Cohabitation law in the Supreme Court

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You may have seen a few pieces in the paper over the past couple of weeks about the case of Jones v Kernott, in which the highest court in England & Wales was tasked with looking at the law that applies to dividing the property of those who lived together without being married to (or, for same-sex couples, without being in a civil partnership with) each other. As general background, it’s important to understand that marriage confers certain rights on each married person against the other if the marriage should end: the right to have a court determine the division…

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