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Cohabitation Rights – still a long way away

Couple holding hands - cohabitation rights for Gillbanks Law

Family lawyers have been eagerly awaiting new legal cohabitation rights for couples for some time now, but despite the introduction of the Cohabitation Rights Bill to the House of Lords in March 2019, so far there has been little progress in this complicated area of law.

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Common law marriage – it doesn’t exist!

Many people are under the mistaken impression that there is such a thing as ‘common law marriage’ – and that cohabiting couples enjoy similar legal status to married couples, according to recent research.

The British Social Attitudes Survey – carried out by The National Centre for Social Research – found that almost half of people surveyed in England and Wales (46%) thought that couples who live together but aren’t married have the same rights as couples that are legally married.

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