Family Law Awards 2020
Shortlist announced - time to place your vote!
Court of Protection Practice 2020
'Court of Protection Practice goes from strength to strength, having...
Jackson's Matrimonial Finance Tenth Edition
Jackson's Matrimonial Finance is an authoritative specialist text...
Latest articles
Hundreds of thousands of companies worldwide fall victims to hackers every year. Is your firm one of them?
SPONSORED CONTENT Image source: Information is beautifulYou and other lawyers and legal assistants in your firm likely have accounts on the hacked websites listed in the image above. If a hacker...
New complaints handling guide offers advice to local authorities
The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman is today issuing new guidance on effective complaint handling for local authorities.Based on previous documents, the new guide offers practical,...
EU laws continue until at least 2038 and beyond
The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020.  But in matters of law it fully leaves on 31 December 2020.  But EU laws will continue to apply, and be applied, in the English family courts from 1...
Family Law Awards winners announced in virtual awards ceremony
The winners of the Family Law Awards 2020 were announced at 4pm during a much-anticipated virtual awards ceremony. Over the past ten years, the Family Law Awards has recognised the leading players in...
Behaviour-based divorces still merit close consideration
Some recent cases illustrate the evidential and procedural issues involved in dealing with proofs on the merits of divorce, which are worth considering even though most cases may conclude on a...
View all articles

Nearly 10 per cent of adults in England and Wales are cohabiting couples

Sep 29, 2018, 18:32 PM
ONS, data, cohabitation, marriage rate, civil partnership
Newly released ONS statistics show that nearly 10 per cent of adults in England and Wales are cohabiting
Slug : nearly-10-per-cent-of-adults-in-england-and-wales-are-cohabiting-couples
Meta Title : Nearly 10 per cent of adults in England and Wales are cohabiting couples
Meta Keywords : ONS, data, cohabitation, marriage rate, civil partnership
Canonical URL :
Trending Article : Yes
Prioritise In Trending Articles : No
Date : Jul 13, 2016, 06:06 AM
Article ID : 112747
Newly released ONS statistics show that nearly 10 per cent of adults in England and Wales are unmarried and living with a partner.

According to today's bulletin, in 2002 people who were cohabiting who were never married or civil partnered represented 6.8% of the population; this had increased to 9.5% by 2015.

According to Families and Households: 2015 cohabiting couple families are the fastest growing family type in the UK - they grew by 29.7% between 2004 and 2014.

Lawyer Graeme Fraser, Resolution’s spokesman on cohabitation law, explains:

'These statistics should be regarded by policymakers as awake-up call that cohabitation is a trend of modern society that is not going to go away. As family lawyers who see the damage caused by the lack of protection for cohabiting couples when they separate, Resolution calls for the urgent introduction of safety net legislation providing legal protection and fair outcomes at the time of a couple's separation, particularly for children and mothers left vulnerable under the existing law.'

He continues:

'In light of the latest ONS data, reform of the law for cohabiting couples should be one of the top priorities for whoever the new Prime Minister appoints as Justice Secretary.'

Other main points include:
  • There were 23.8 million people who were married in 2015. This was 50.6% of the population aged 16 and over.

  • The population aged 16 and over who were single increased from 29.6% in 2002 to 34.5% in 2015.

  • There were 28.4 million people living in a couple in 2015. This was 60.5% of the population aged 16 and over.

Pamela Cobb, Population Statistics Division, Office for National Statistics, said:

'Just over half of the population aged 16 and over were married in 2015. This figure has steadily declined since 2002, which could be associated with a rise in cohabiting amongst those who have never married or formed a civil partnership.'

The statistical bulletin is available to download here.
Categories :
  • News
Tags :
Provider :
Product Bucket :
Load more comments
Comment by from