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46% of people still think cohabitants are protected by a common law marriage

Figures revealed in British Social Attitudes Survey

  • Initial findings from this year's British Social Attitudes Survey - carried out by The National Centre for Social Research - reveal that nearly half the adult population questioned thought that cohabiting partners get similar rights to married couples under a common law marriage. 

    In contrast, only 41% of respondents rightly say cohabiting couples are not in a common law marriage. 

    Responses also show that people are significantly more likely to believe in common law marriage when children come into the equation; 55% of households with children think that common law marriage exists, only 41% of households without any children do so. 

    The full press release can be found on the NatCen website.

News, published: 24/01/2019


Published: 24/01/2019


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