Hot on the heels of the latest Office for National Statistics figures on marriage, the British Social Attitudes Survey has released some new statistics of its own.

Only 37% of those surveyed said they thought that people should be married if they wanted to have children (compared with 70% back in 1989). Almost three quarters of respondents to the survey said they saw 'little difference' between marriage and cohabitation. 

Unfortunately, the law has not kept pace with these social trends, and unmarried couples do not have anything like the same financial rights as married couples should the relationship break down. We can advise unmarried couples on what their legal position is and how they can protect themselves financially, including through entering into formal cohabitation agreements.