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47% of children now born outside marriage

The Office for National Statistics show that the proportion of children born outside marriage or a civil partnership has now risen to 47.5%.

Cohabiting couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples when it comes to financial support if the relationship breaks down. The common law wife or husband is a myth. Couples should consider entering into cohabitation agreements and take legal advice on what rights they have to ensure that they are adequately protected.

At Miles & Partners we have expertise on preparing cohabitation agreements where a couple wish to have future security for themselves and children, in the event of separation.

For more information please contact Michelle Uppal on 020 7426 0400 or email her on

The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only. They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice. The law may have changed since this article was published. Readers should not act on the basis of the information included and should take appropriate professional advice upon their own particular circumstances.

Michelle Uppal, Miles & Partners Solicitors, London

Michelle Uppal

Mediator and Solicitor | Head of the matrimonial department

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