National practice Mills & Reeve is the latest organisation to publish evidence in favour of greater legal protection for cohabiting couples, and with a Family Justice Bill on parliament's agenda, the time has come for MPs to have a serious debate about reform.

A YouGov survey commissioned by the firm reveals, yet again, how cohabiting couples misconceive their legal rights. More than one-third (35 per cent) of 1,006 cohabiting adults either believed they had the same rights as married couples or did not know. A further 35 per cent were unaware a property owned as joint tenants will typically be split 50/50 regardless of how much each party...

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