“We live together so we have the same legal protection, don’t we?”
This is a common misconception formed by parties living together and sharing household bills. They wrongly presume that they have the same legal rights as a married couple.
Interestingly, in the last few years, we’ve seen an increase in couples opting out of marriage and preferring to cohabitate.
According to the Office for National Statistics (UK), the proportion of families containing married or civil partnered couples has decreased from 68.6% in 2006 to 66.8% in 2019.