4th April 2017

​Don’t get blindsided if your relationship breaks down

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has just released figures showing that, for the first time, the number of unmarried couples with children breaking up has exceeded married couples with children.


Of course, this may be a sign that times are changing and that less couples are choosing to get married, but it is important to make sure that choice is an informed one.

Many unmarried couples do not realise that there is no such thing as a common law spouse and that if their relationship breaks down, they do not have the same rights as a married couple.

Many unmarried couples with children do not realise that the children do have financial rights.

Information means that you can make informed decisions about your life. Find out about your rights before it’s too late. Consider entering into a cohabitation agreement with your partner. It is always better to have one and not need it, than to be an unhappy statistic.