Number of married couples drops to lowest level

Married people are now in a minority when it comes to the British public, according to figures released last week.

Statistics compiled by the government show that married couples now represent less than half of the population aged over 16.

Figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there were 21,535,000 married adults in England and Wales in 2006 - 49.5 per cent of the adult population.

The statistics seem to show that marriage is now a lifestyle choice for young people in the UK, with more and more turning to cohabiting.

According to the Daily Mail, less than one in ten adults aged between 16 and 29 were married.

However, many cohabiters fail to realise the legal problems they may face should their partner die or leave them - especially if they don't have a will.

Government statistics show that over four million couples are cohabiting in the UK, living with "significantly fewer" rights than couples who are married or have a civil partnership.

To protect themselves if they split up, cohabiting couples are recommended to draw up a cohabitation agreement.

Published on: September 29, 2008

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