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News Category: Living together

  • 7 July 2014

    Cohabitation figures show need for law reform

    The Office for National Statistics has analysed the 2001 and 2011 Census data, finding that the proportion of households in the UK which comprise cohabiting couples rose from 14% to 17%.  Of these, 38% of the cohabitating couples had a dependant child. The number of households with married couples fell from 70% to 65%. Read more

  • 27 June 2014

    Civil partnerships to remain available to same sex couples only

    Same sex couples will be able to convert their existing civil partnerships into marriages from 10 December 2014.  This provision was included in the Marriage (Same Sex) Couples Act 2013, although the Government delayed implementation.  Same sex couples have been able to marry since March 2014. Read more

  • 13 March 2014

    Registration now open for first same-sex marriages

    Same-sex couples in England and Wales who want to get married on the day that gay marriage becomes legal – 29 March 2014 – can register to do so from today. Read more

  • 16 December 2013

    Same sex marriages from 29 March 2014

    The Government has announced that the first same sex weddings in England and Wales will be able to take place from Saturday 29 March 2014, several months earlier than originally anticipated. Read more

  • 7 November 2012

    Number of opposite sex cohabiting couples has doubled since 1996

    The number of opposite sex cohabiting couple families has increased significantly, according to the latest statistical bulletin on families and households released by the Office for National Statistics on 1 November 2012. Read more