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Resolution – Cohabiting couples

Survey of 2,033 British adults about their understanding of the law regarding co-habiting couples

  • A quarter of Britons (27%) wrongly believe that, after living together for more than two years, unmarried couples have similar rights to married couples if they break up
  • Nearly two in five British adults (37%) wrongly think it is true that unmarried couples who have lived together for more than two years benefit from what is known as a ‘common law marriage’
  • More than four in five Britons (84%) agree that the government should take steps to ensure unmarried cohabitating couples are aware they do not have the same legal protection as married couples if they separate, or if one of them should die

Date Published: 30/11/2017

Categories: GB | Public and communities | Social

Client: Resolution


ComRes interviewed 2,033 adults in Great Britain online between 8th and 9th November 2017. Data were weighted to be representative of all adults aged 18+ in Great Britain by age, gender, region and social grade.

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