ONS annual marriage statistics

Date: 26 May 2023

Vicente Luckina Bunn

Abby Buckland, Family partner at Kingsley Napley commenting on the ONS’s annual marriage statistics.

Abby Buckland

Commenting on the ONS’s annual marriage statistics, published today, Kingsley Napley Family partner Abby Buckland says: “Today’s figures once again confirm the trend of declining rates of marriage and the Government should take note. It’s all very well to have started a review of the Matrimonial Causes Act and how finances are divided between separating spouses on divorce, but if marriage is out of fashion, then the rights of cohabitees and greater protection for their families need urgent attention.

Abby added: “Cohabitants have limited rights on relationship breakdown resulting in stark and often unfair outcomes for individuals affected and their children, particularly when compared to their married counterparts. The Government has repeatedly failed to extend legal protections in this area but there is overwhelming evidence to suggest this should be a priority and today’s figures add to that. Regardless of pandemic factors, the data shows that marriage is no longer the norm for families in modern Britain and our laws must be updated to reflect that.”

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