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Half of Brits believe that common law marriage exists
Date:28 JAN 2019
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Almost half of people in England and Wales mistakenly believe that unmarried couples who live together have a common law marriage and enjoy the same rights as couples that are legally married.


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The first findings from this year's British Social Attitudes Survey, carried out by The National Centre for Social Research, reveal that 46% of the public are under the impression that cohabiting couples form a common law marriage. The figure has remained largely unchanged over the last fourteen years (47% in 2005) despite a significant increase in the number of cohabiting couples. In contrast, only 41% of respondents rightly said that cohabiting couples are not in a common law marriage.

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