Cohabiting Couples, a step forward?

Just one in four unmarried couples who move in together see it as a natural step towards getting married, a survey has revealed.
A fifth of couples who cohabit do so merely to reduce their living costs and are not making long term plans.
The study also revealed a widespread belief that people living together have the same rights as if they are married.

Since 1996 the number of cohabiting couples has doubled to 5.9million, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics.
The number is expected to be buoyed further in months with the resurgence in the property market prompting people to buy property together.
One in five couples living together had no plans to get married or enter into a civil partnership in the future, according to the survey of 2,000 people.

Just 24 per cent said they were moving in to test the strength of their relationship before getting married.
One in seven - 13 per cent - said they were moving in together because they were unable to afford to get married.
The study also found that two thirds of unmarried couples have incorrect perceptions about rights concerning child custody, property or finance. Three in 10 presumed they had the same financial rights as they would if they were married.

And 67 per cent did not realise that such couples do in fact have the same legal rights when it comes to child custody.
The law is different and can be complicated, especially when a relationship ends and there are children involved. For example, assets that are in the ex-partner's sole name - including property - are highly likely to remain with them, meaning that the parent with responsibility for a child after the break-up may find themselves in serious financial difficulties.

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