Cohabitation

Three Reasons Why Living Together Is Not the Same As Marriage

Suzy Miller | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Suzy Miller

When I lived for ten years with my children's father we had three children, and when the relationship abruptly ended, the phrase: "Well it's the same as being married" - proved to be a lie. You can tell yourself that while you are together, but don't be foolish enough to think it's the same when you are splitting up.

Same-Sex, Different Gender: How Women Are Driving Formal Gay Relationships

James R Brown | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
James R Brown

Fifty-six per cent of women married, most of them in their late twenties and early thirties, just as slightly more women than men became civil partners, according to another chunk of ONS material published last October.

Love and Marriage in the Sixties

Andrew Newbury | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Newbury

Mention the Sixties to many people and, regardless of whether they were alive or not, their minds conjure up images of England winning the World Cup, man landing on the moon, psychedelia and 'free love'.

Common Law Marriage: A Dangerous and Pervasive Myth

James R Brown | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
James R Brown

When an unmarried couple breaks up - no matter how long they've been together - the poorer partner has no entitlement to any financial settlement from their former other half whatsoever.

Ten Things You Need to Know Before You Have Kids When You Are Living Together

Suzi Godson | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

Cohabiting couples split up much more frequently than married couples. After just five years, 49% of cohabiting couples have split, compared to 20% of married couples. After 10 years, 62% of cohabiting relationships are over...

Modern Families, Fault and a Recipe For Future Divorce

Liz Cowell | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Cowell

Even though it might sound like a contradiction in terms, change has been one of the few constants in British family life over the last few decades.

Once Bitten, Twice Shy: Marriage, Uncertainty and the Divorce Deterrent

Vicki McLynn | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vicki McLynn

Every day, I am confronted with individuals whose lives are shifting - from being single to becoming a spouse, from married life through divorce and for parents seeing their children every day to a more infrequent basis.

Fewer Young Marriages Are Breaking Down, But the Millions Who Choose Not to Marry Are a Cause for Concern

James R Brown | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
James R Brown

It's time for the government to acknowledge the reality of modern relationships and ensure the law keeps pace, otherwise we risk returning to the bad old days when lower-earning partners in a failing relationship were terrified to leave for fear of the life they would face on their own.

10 Things You Will Learn When You Move in With Your Partner

Emma Louise Thompson | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Louise Thompson

Don't sweat the small stuff. Everybody has annoying habits. There needs to be some tolerance of your partner's pecadillos. Some weirdos put the butter in the cupboard because that's what their mum did, even though this is a gross miscarriage of justice

Divorce, 'Girl Power' and Economic Recovery

Vicki McLynn | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vicki McLynn

Some female clients of the age group which accounts for more women divorcing than any other have remarked that their desire to start a family has been a prominent consideration when they have been making up their minds to divorce.

The Marriage Myth: Does Getting Married Really Make Your Marriage Stronger?

Richard Adams | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Adams

The Marriage Foundation, founded by the High Court Judge Sir Paul Coleridge, has claimed that cohabitation, i.e living together without marrying, is the key driver of family breakdown. The report urged the Government to reverse the trend away from marriage, by "distinguishing, encouraging, promoting and incentivising marriage."

Hollande Affair Thrusts Rights of Cohabitees Into the Limelight

Catherine Thomas | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Catherine Thomas

Currently, cohabitation agreements offer some protection but around half of the population still believe in the myth of a common law marriage (It has, in fact, never existed in England). With cohabiting couples the fastest growing demographic, awareness of this issue is vitally important.

Ten Things You Need to Know Before You Cohabit

Suzi Godson | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

Beyoncé knows. Valérie Trierweiler should have insisted that François Hollande "put a ring on it". This column is a little 'en retard' for the French first lady, but here's 10 things you ought to know before you decide to cohabit....

Going the Long Distance, Is It Doable?

Liz Marie | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Marie

If you're faced with the prospect of a long distance relationship then you're going to hear one of two things from people giving you advice; either the old adage 'absence makes the heart grow fonder' or that you're in for a rough old ride!

Shifting Grounds: Changing Society and the Reasons for Divorce

Fiona Wood | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Wood

Filing for divorce because of adultery is no longer as common as it once was. Only 20 years ago, it was blamed for one-in-four divorces. Now, it is the primary factor in less than one-sixth of cases. On the other hand, complaints of unreasonable behaviour have steadily increased. It now accounts for almost half of all divorces.

Cohabitation and Britain's 'Older Old'

Claire Reid | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK
Claire Reid

We have seen a number of cases featuring men and women in their seventies, eighties and even older, although that shouldn't be interpreted as meaning that they are remarkably frequent. However, my colleagues and I certainly have to handle more now than we ever have done.

What Is a Cohabitation Agreement and Do I Need One?

Chris Mayhew | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Chris Mayhew

This may not seem like the most romantic of things to do at an exciting time when you are about to move in together, but it could save a lot of heart ache in the future. If you are considering doing this then here are a few tips...

Family Fortunes: A Decade of Change in Britain's Households

Fiona Wood | Posted 31.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Wood

For better or worse - if you pardon the pun - marriage is no longer seen as important by many people who want to set up home together. The law in England and Wales does not provide a remedy for what happens when and if cohabiting relationships come to an end which is any way comparable with what is in place for failed marriages or civil partnerships.

The Private Life of the Modern British Pensioner

Vicki McLynn | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Vicki McLynn

It seems that those of us yet to reach the age when we can start to draw our pension form wildly different perceptions of those above the age of 65... However, it appears that those somewhat traditional and hackneyed views of senior citizens could be nothing like the way they consider themselves.

Life in Retirement Not Golden for 'Silver Splitters'

Andrew Newbury | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Newbury

New statistics give the lie to the idea of husbands and wives remaining together "till death do us part". The Office for National Statistics has produced a bundle of data exploring the reasons behind the group known as 'silver splitters', those individuals who choose to divorce when aged 60 or over.

Middle Age and New Beginnings

Vicki McLynn | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Vicki McLynn

It transpires that the middle-aged - women between 55 and 59 and men over 60 - show the greatest rate of increase of marriage for any demographic group. In a way, we should not be surprised at the level of relationship tectonics experienced by people over the age of 50.

For Better or for Worse: Does Marriage Make You Feel Happier?

Liz Cowell | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Cowell

Whilst good physical health and having a steady job top the list of the most important factors in people feeling good about themselves, domestic bliss comes right behind. The ONS research details how those who are either married or living in a civil partnership are happier than cohabitees and those who are single, divorced or widowed.

Living in London on a Budget

Josephine A Boyce | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Josephine A Boyce

It's difficult enough to manipulate your other half into wanting to live with you but discovering you can barely afford to move in together makes it nearly impossible. When I say 'barely afford' I mean our combined income is pretty close to that of a graduates.

The Myth of the 'Common Law Marriage' and How It Can Affect You

Richard Adams | Posted 13.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Adams

As a family lawyer, I have often had to break the news to clients that they do not have the ability to claim any financial support against their ex-partner, even if they've been living together for years. So what are the key facts that couples living together should be aware of?

Rising Cohabitation and Its Impact On Divorce

Vicki McLynn | Posted 19.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Vicki McLynn

The release of official data on divorce has, in recent years, become an eagerly-awaited event for social trend-spotters, politicians and family lawyers alike.