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The myth of 'common law marriage' still strong survey finds

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Findings revealed in survey released alongside launch of highlight Cohabitation Awareness Week

  • Two thirds of cohabiting partners are in cohabiting relationships are "unaware that there is no such as thing as 'common-law marriage' ", according to a new survey by ComRes.

    The survey of over 2,000 adults was commissioned by Resolution to highlight the plight of the unmarried at the start of Cohabitation Awareness Week.

    The survey also that 

    • Four in five cohabitants agree that the legal rights of cohabiting couples who separate are unclear;
    • Seventy-nine per cent of the public agree that there is a need for greater legal protection for unmarried couples upon separation;
    • Eighty-four per cent of the public agree that the Government should take steps to ensure unmarried cohabiting couples are aware that they don't have the same legal protection as married couples.

    You can read more about the initiative, and the survey's findings, on the Resolution website.


Published: 27/11/2017

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