This week we’re supporting Resolution to help raise awareness about the lack of legal protection for unmarried couples who live together.
There are about 7 million people in the UK living in this type of relationship, making this the fastest growing family type in the country.
Clare Pilsworth explained that most couples she works with mistakenly believe that they acquire “common law” rights after living with their partner for a certain amount of time or having children together.
“The sad reality is that unmarried couples have very limited legal rights and responsibilities towards each other if the relationship breaks down.
I regularly meet people who have been affected in this way, and because of the lack of legal protection, there are times when I can't provide them with a fair solution.
This is why I urge all cohabiting couples to consider taking out basic protections, such as a cohabitation agreement to protect both partners if they separate, or think about life insurance. By setting out your intentions in these documents, you’ll be in a much better situation if the unexpected happens.”
Clare added that Resolution had made resources available, both to the public but also local advice providers, such as mortgage advisers, to help them spread the word to cohabiting couples they work with.