The latest statistics suggests the number of couples deciding to marry continues to decrease.
The figures from 2015 reflect a continuing trend in declining marriage numbers for all couples except for those over the age of 55. These statistics cause family lawyers concern- often couples don’t realise the legal rights and responsibilities that come with marriage. These rights do not exist for cohabitees, and there is no such thing as a “common law spouse”. Not being married to your partner restricts the claims that can be made on separation (and death in some cases) against property, assets, income and pensions.
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There were 239,020 marriages between opposite-sex couples in 2015, a decrease of 3.4% from 2014 when there 247,372 marriages, and 0.8% lower than in 2013. Marriage rates for opposite-sex couples in 2015 were the lowest on record, with 21.7 marriages per thousand unmarried men and 19.8 marriages per thousand unmarried women. Compared with 2005, marriage rates for opposite-sex couples marrying in 2015 were lower at all ages, except for men aged 65 and over and women aged 55 and over where marriage rates increased.