The office for national statistics has released their 2016 UK families and households data.
The most common type of family unit remains a married or civil partner couple family.
Interestingly the growing trend remains for cohabiting families- doubled by in the last 20 years.
The legal rights for cohabitants on family breakdown are very different to those for married or civil partnership families. This is often a shock to couples separating, who believe they have claims which unfortunately they don't.
If you need advice or assistance on the impact of cohabitation and ways to protect you or your family, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Cohabiting couple families were the fastest growing family type between 1996 and 2016, more than doubling from 1.5 million families to 3.3 million families.