The results of this new survey are really worrying, with 1/3 of those surveyed believing couples living together have the same rights on separation as divorcing couples. 

I've previously blogged about the fact that cohabitating couples are the fastest growing family type in the UK and it is so important for cohabiting couples to know where they would stand on separation.  

They certainly don't have the same right as divorce couples, but there are things they can do to protect themselves in the event of their separation.