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New figures published by the Office for National Statistics reveal that the number of men and women in the UK cohabiting has increased from 1.5 million to 2.9 million in 2012. Our own Beverley Darwent has recently been quoted in the press (Telegraph article) (Daily Mail article) highlighting these new statistics and the calls for legislation to clarify the status of cohabiting couples and their rights should they separate.
Sir Nicholas Wall's recent speech, as referred to below in Alison's blog, has caused much comment. Zoe Williams commenting in the Guardian today believes that parental attitudes are determined more by the parties' wealth than their education but her greatest criticism is for the family court system.
It is true that the court should be a last resort and for many separating families the reality is that they do not set foot into a court room and organise their arrangements for their children quite amicably.
However, sadly for some, negotiation does not work and they have no alternative but to apply to the court. Early intervention by family experts can assist in reducing the number of family cases before the court.
Therefore, where one parent has concerns about the arrangements for their children or the other parent's conduct, specialist family advice from a Resolution family solicitor should be sought at an early stage.
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