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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