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Growing apart, recession and protection for cohabitees – It’s all in the survey

01st November 2012

The family lawyers polled said that the recession is having a noticeable effect on the number of couples seeking divorce although fewer respondents said this was the case than in the 2011 poll when 82 per cent agreed with the statement – this year 75 per cent of respondents agreed that the recession is affecting couples’ decisions whether or not to go ahead with divorce.

When thinking about the top three legislative changes they would like to see enacted 26 per cent of family lawyers said they would like to see more protection for cohabiting couples when they split up and 25 per cent said the introduction of no-fault divorce was on their list for change.

When asking whether co-habitees should have the same rights as married couples, 42 per cent of respondents said an unequivocal “No”, while only 22 per cent said “Yes”.

The poll was carried out by Grant Thornton and is the ninth of their annual matrimonial law surveys.

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