Number of Cohabiting Couples Soars by Two Thirds Under Labour

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cohabitationla.jpgFrom ThisIsLondon.co.uk

The number of cohabiting couples has soared under Labour

The number of cohabiting couples in the UK surged over the past decade compared to falling numbers of married people, official figures out today show.

Between 1996 and 2006 cohabitation soared by 65 per cent to 2.3 million couples while the number of married couples fell four per cent to 12.1 million.

Lone parent families, including those with non-dependent children, increased eight per cent to 2.6 million over the same period, according to the Office for National Statistics' (ONS) Focus on Families report.

Tango’s Take
We’ve been seeing this more and more and more about marriages occurring less frequently in some parts. At this point, because the numbers are skewing so far against couples being married, laws in Merry Olde are being rewritten to protect long-time cohabitating partners in case of a split. Things get a little murky though. It appears that this trend is still heading west. The value and concept of marriage seems to be changing. We assume that America will eventually incorporate some legal standard to account for long-time cohabiting couples (common law marriage?)

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