Resolution, the national organisation of family solicitors, has commissioned a survey which they say shows that:
- 7 in 10 Parliamentarians agree there is a mistaken belief in common law marriage.
- Three quarters of MPs agree legal rights for unmarried cohabiting couples unclear, with 60% believing there is a need for greater legal protection for unmarried couples upon separation.
The results of the survey, commissioned by Resolution, come as the Liberal Democrats prepare to debate a policy motion on the subject at their annual conference in Glasgow today.
Cohabitation – where people are living with their partner but not married or in a civil partnership – is the fastest growing family type in the UK, yet there is little or no protection for couples should they separate. In 2012, there were 5.9m people cohabiting in the UK, double the 1996 figure.
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