The House of Commons Library published a new briefing paper on 9 February 2016 which deals with the issues of ‘common law marriage’ and cohabitation in England and Wales. Despite cohabitation being the fast growing relationship type in the UK, cohabitants have less legal protection than married couples, even if they live together longer for 20+ years. Graeme Fraser, spokesman on cohabitation law for Resolution said ‘under current cohabitation law it’s possible to live with someone for decades and even to have children together and then simply walk away without taking any responsibility for a former partner, particularly when the relationship breaks down. This can have a huge impact on women and children, particularly in cases where a mother have given up or reduced her work to raise a family.’ It will be interesting to see when the Government accepts that the law will need to be upated to reflect modern trends in society. You can download and read the article here.