August 18th, 2017
The Office for National Statistics has released population estimates for the proportion of the population who are married or cohabiting by reference to age and sex in England and in Wales. The statistics show that the population who are married has gone down by some 3.9 % since 2002. However, the population who are in a same-sex marriage has more than doubled since 2015.
The main points provided by the release confirmed the following:- · There were 24.1 million people in England and Wales who were married in 2016; this was 50.9% of the population aged 16 and over.
· In 2016, around 0.2% of the married population were in a marriage between same-sex couples; a larger proportion of this population were male (57.7%) compared with female (42.3%).
· A larger percentage of the population in England (51.1%) were married in 2016 compared with Wales (50.1%).
· The majority (61.0%) of the population aged 16 and over in England and Wales were living in a couple in 2016.
As practitioners, we are increasingly being asked to advise in relation to couples separating who are not married. Cohabiting couples do not have the same rights against each other as their married counter-parts. Disputes in relation to property will therefore be dealt with by trust law and financial support can only be received for the benefit of any children.
Does the decrease in married couples between 2002 and 2016 suggest that this trend is going to continue? If there is to be an increase in couples living together when they are not married, should the law adapt to create certain rights for financial support between them?
If you are in a cohabiting relationship and have either separated or are concerned about preserving your property were the relationship to breakdown, then please contact us at Hawkins Family Law on 01908 262680 and one of our solicitors will be able to discuss this with you.
Having obtained her A Levels from the Royal Latin School in Buckingham, Rebecca Stewart went on to obtain a Legal Secretary Diploma through Pitmans Training and immediately following qualification secured a role at Hawkins Family Law. Following that she discovered her true ambition lay in becoming a Legal Executive specialising in Family Law.In 2012 Rebecca enrolled at Cilex Law School and by 2015 had completed all her level 3 exams, achieving distinctions in 3 of these modules, and is now an Associate Member of Cilex. Rebecca is now working towards her level 6 qualifications and is now able to act as a trainee Legal Executive under the supervision of the Directors of Hawkins Family Law.
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