In 2012 47.5% of babies born in the UK were born to unmarried parents. This represents a significant rise from 11.8% in 1980.
When records first began in 1938, only 4.2% of babies were born out of wedlock.
The number of unmarried couples has doubled since the mid 1990’s. The number of children living with unmarried parents has risen from 0.9million in 1996 to 1.8 million in 2012.
One consequence of this trend has been the rise in cohabitation disputes involving property and children now seen by family law solicitors.
“Over the past 20 years the developments in family law in dealing with separation issues affecting co-habitants have not necessarily kept pace with the change in relationship patterns”, says Stephen Taylor, Family Solicitor at Best Solicitors.
“The Children Act 1989 is still the starting point in Contact and Residence disputes, but the increasing number of former co-habitants who have children certainly does present an on-going challenge in terms of family law. It is important that clients are given not only the correct advice on separation but also that they understand their legal position at the start of a relationship when they are not married.”
At Best Solicitors we can provide you and your family with expert advice in this area and all areas of family law. We offer a free half hour consultation, and can discuss a range of fixed fee services to suit your income needs.