Interesting (but perhaps not surprising) statistics have been released today that show cohabiting couples are the fastest growing type.
What is of concern, however, is that cohabiting couples are often under the mistaken belief that when it comes to separating, they have legal rights.
There are calls for the government to reform the law on cohabitation but at the moment, cohabiting couples don't have the same rights on separation as a divorcing couple.
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Figures released today (5 November 2015) show that the cohabiting couple family continues to be the fastest growing family type in the UK in 2015. The latest statistical bulletin, Households and Families, published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), shows that cohabiting couple families in the UK have reached 3.2 million in 2015. This represents an increase of 29.7% between 2005 and 2015. There were 3.1 million opposite sex cohabiting couple families and 90,000 same sex cohabiting couple families in the UK in 2015. Together, cohabiting couple families account for 17% of all families in the UK.