Lawyers Say Cohabitation Figures Show Need For Law Reform Official Statistics Show Rise In Couples Living Together Outside Marriage 24.06.2014 Dave Grimshaw, Press Officer | 0114 274 4397 Specialist family lawyers say the latest statistics which show a significant rise in cohabitation over the past decade highlight the need for reforms to the way the law deals with couples living together outside marriage. The Office National Statistics has analysed the 2001 and 2011 Census data finding an increase in cohabitating couples from 14% to 17% of households in the UK. In comparison the number of households with married couples fell from 70% to 65%. It is understood that there are around 6m people cohabiting in the UK at present and law firm Irwin Mitchell believes current family laws must be updated to keep pace with modern society and deal with the issues facing cohabiting couples. Alison Hawes, an expert family and divorce lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, which has offices across the country, said: The first reading of a proposed Cohabitation Rights Bill took place in October last year then again in June this year to signal the start of the Bill's journey through the House of Lords, however a second reading to debate all aspects of the Bill is yet to be scheduled. Read more about Irwin Mitchell's expertise in Divorce and Family Law. Press contact Dave Grimshaw PLS PR Manager 0114 274 4397 Email Dave Tags Family Law Cohabitation Alison Hawes Bristol Related articles 20.09.2017Mental Health Trust Pays Damages To Family Of Vulnerable Man Who Died In High Rise Fire 20.09.2017Landmark Legal Ruling Will Allow Doctors to Withdraw Treatment To Those Suffering Debilitating Diseases if Families Agree 20.09.2017Inquest Finds Alzheimer Suffer Died Due To Ingesting Chlorine Tablets 19.09.2017Two Women Instruct Lawyers After Being Abused By Dr Philip Schuppler 19.09.2017Specialist Public Health Lawyers Instructed After Dry Ice Cocktail Drank at The Alchemist ‘Leaves Man With Severe Stomach Burns'