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Posted 6 January 2014

Over 65s are turning to cohabitation

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that the number of unmarried over 65s who have chosen to live together has risen by more than 40% from 177,000 to 250,000 in the last 8 years. And within these numbers there are 16,000 over 85s who are cohabiting rather than deciding to marry.

It is said that this reflects a change in social attitudes, longer life spans and a desire to protect the inheritance of children from a previous relationship.

But how many of them realise that if they have cohabited for more than 2 years immediately before the death of one of them, there is a right to seek reasonable financial provision from the deceased cohabitant’s estate if this has not been provided for. And has any private pension been nominated – if the scheme allows for it – to the other cohabitant.

Cohabitants should consider carefully how to protect each other whilst maintaining their obligations to their family both in a cohabitation agreement and in their respective Wills.

Tozers Solicitors LLP can help and advise on all such aspects.
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