The recent Office for National Statistics data outlined that the rate of divorce has dropped to its lowest level for almost 50 years. There could be many reasons behind this drop, either people are happier in their marriages or it could mean that more people are choosing to cohabite rather than marry. In addition the figures may be slightly skewed by the court delays with processing divorces thus leading to a backlog.

It is important to remember that if you are either considering or are cohabiting then in the event of a breakdown your rights are substantially different and potentially less than if you are married. It is important to seek independent specialist advice in this area in either circumstances. Please contact Simon Fisher at s.fisher@gardner-leader.co.uk if you wish to discuss these issues or any other family law matters.