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New research published by Resolution, the family justice body, reveals that there is overwhelming support for a change in the law to provide greater rights for couples who live together. 


Currently, unmarried couples have limited or no legal protection in the event of a relationship breakdown. This means that they do not have the right to divide their assets or receive financial assistance from their ex-partner to cover childcare costs. The lack of legal rights poses a significant problem for many cohabiting couples, with 35% of them fearing that they may become homeless or face financial hardship if their relationship ends.


A nationwide poll conducted by Whitestone Insight on behalf of Resolution has revealed that almost half (47%) of cohabitees are unaware that they lack rights should they split up. The study shows that 59% of people support better legal protections for cohabiting couples, and 74% of cohabitees believe that current laws are unfit for modern society. Additionally, 75% of Resolution members surveyed support a change in the law to provide fundamental rights to cohabiting couples. 


As the number of cohabiting couples continues to rise, with 3.6 million recorded in 2021, it is crucial to address the legal gaps and ensure that these couples have adequate rights and protections.


To access the original press release from Resolution and learn more about their Vision for Family Justice, you can read their articles in full here:



Family Justice Week

To mark its 40th anniversary, Resolution has published its ‘Vision for Family Justice’, setting out where and how changes must be made to address the current issues of the family justice system. This paper sets out Resolution’s vision for where and how changes need to be made in the short, medium, and long terms to address these matters based on members’ experience and feedback.


Resolution’s recommendations also include increased public funding for early legal information and advice, improvements in handling child arrangements, and protecting vulnerable individuals in family court. 


Resolution officially launched its Vision for Family Justice at a parliamentary reception on Monday, November 27th, 2023. 


Read some of our previous articles regarding legal rights for married or unmarried couples by clicking the links below:

Co-Ownership: Buying a House with a Friend or Partner

Family Dynamics in Kingston upon Thames


About Resolution

Resolution is a community of family justice professionals who work with families and individuals to resolve issues constructively. The family justice body was established in 1982 by a group of family lawyers who believed that a non-confrontational approach to family law issues would produce better outcomes for separating families and their children.


Family Law Specialists

Our sensitive and approachable family solicitors can provide specialist family law advice on all forms of cohabitation or relationship breakdown, including cohabitation agreements, arrangements for children, finances, and bringing your relationship to an end in the most constructive manner.


Many of our family lawyers are trained collaboratively or are members of Resolution and aim to resolve matters without needing court intervention. However, our team has the knowledge and expertise to handle matters within the court system when required. We have extensive experience handling court hearings for various divorce and family proceedings.


Cohabitation agreementsPre-nuptial agreements and family law disputes are complex areas of the law and require expert advice. Please get in touch with us on 0330 0250 176 or info@roselegal.co.uk to arrange an initial consultation to discuss the best way forward for you, and we will provide you with further and specific advice tailored to your circumstances.


This blog post is not intended to be taken as advice or acted upon. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our team of solicitors.

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