Month: October 2013

Civil Partnership Dissolutions on the rise

The Office for National Statistics have released figures showing that 794 civil partnership dissolutions were granted in England and Wales during 2012. This is an increase of 20% since 2011. In total 7,037 civil partnerships were registered in the same year, with the average age of men at 40 years and the average age of women at 7.6 years.

It is expected that the general trend will start to reflect the general trends for divorce and marriages in the years to come.

Figures also showed that women are more likely to dissolve a civil partnership than men, which mirrors general divorce trends, with more women than men filing for divorce in England and Wales.

British Social Attitudes

3000 individuals were surveyed to compile the 28th British Social Attitudes Report released in July. The report summarises modern attitudes towards marriage and relationships.

Perhaps the most interesting findings were that;

  • Attitudes towards adultery have changed with 63 % of people disapproving compared to 58% in 1984.
  • 55% of people used to believe that couples should be married before having children. That is now just 36% in comparison.
  • An overwhelming majority of people agree that it is ok for people to live together before getting married, or without any intention of getting married.

The survey is carried out annually and people are selected using a random ‘probability sampling’ technique, ensuring that a good representation of the British public is chosen.

Lib Dems vote for rights of Cohabitants

The annual Liberal Democrat conference saw a motion passed which calls for “the implementation without delay of proposals giving cohabiting couples fair and reasonable redress upon relationship breakdown and upon intestacy, based upon the proposals made in the Law Commission’s 2007 and 2011 reports”

Current laws relating to the disputes of cohabiting couples when a relationship breaks down are unclear and complicated. This becomes particularly complex when there are children involved.

A review of the laws relating to cohabitants would hopefully see rights similar to that of married couples and provide much fairer guidelines for families upon separation.