As Boris Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds become the first unmarried couple to live together in 10 Downing Street, new research conveniently shows that cohabiting couples are now the UK’s fastest growing family type.
In fact, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, the number of people cohabiting has risen by 25.8 per cent over the last decade overtaking the number of couples getting married.
But at the same time, ignorance about the legal rights of cohabitees remains widespread with six out of ten couples who live together mistakenly believing they have the same protection as married couples.
Sadly, for cohabiting, opposite sex couples, this is far from the case:
Making cohabiting legally safe
There are however, sensible steps cohabiting couples can take to protect themselves legally and financially.
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