ONS Figures Show Cohabitation Continues To Rise

New Research Looks At Family Types Across UK In 2013

15.11.2013

The number of people choosing to cohabit without marrying in the UK is on the increase, according to new figures released by the Office for National Statistics.

According to the body’s Families and Households 2013 report, the number of opposite sex cohabiting couple families has increased from 2.2 million in 2003 to reach 2.9m this year. It also revealed the number of dependent children in such families rose by 500,000 over the same period.

In addition, the study found there were 18.2m families in the UK with 12.3m of them consisting of a married couple with or without children.

The release of the figures has come as the issue of legal rights for cohabiting couples continues to be a talking point in political circles.

Recent research by family law group Resolution revealed 69 per cent of MPs feel there is a mistaken belief in the concept of common law marriage, with 57 per cent adding that more should be done to ensure unmarried couples have better legal protection.