Resolution was founded in 1982 by a group of family lawyers who believed that a non-confrontational approach to family law issues would produce better outcomes for separating families and their children.  Since then the organisation, and its members have committed to working in a constructive way.  The membership has grown and now includes other professionals that work with separating families, not just lawyers.

Each year, Resolution campaigns on a policy issue that is close to the heart of its members.  This year, Resolution’s Awareness Week takes place from 25 to 29 November 2019 and will focus on the need for legal reform to provide at least basic rights for cohabiting couples who separate.

All the lawyers at Family Law Partners are members of Resolution and are supporting the campaign.   We support the need for a change in the law so as to give cohabiting couples in England and Wales some legal protection if they separate or one of them dies.  During this week we hope to show you why we think the changes are necessary and until those changes are made how people living together can protect themselves against their lack of rights.

According to the Office for National statistics (ONS),  in 2019 married and civil partner couple families accounted for the largest share of families with dependent children (61.4%), followed by lone-parent families (22.3%) and cohabiting couples (16.3%).

Between 2009 and 2019, the number of cohabiting couple families with dependent children has increased by more than a quarter. 

Our team of Cohabitation specialists can advise you on all of your options. Please contact us to discuss your own unique situation.

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