Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Cohabiting Couples Start More Family Feuds


As a growing number of people choose to cohabit but not get married, there has been a noticeable increase in the amount of family rifts over inheritances.

In Britain, married people are now the minority and about half of children are born outside of marriage.  When a partner dies without making a new will, this can create quite the headache for the surviving partner as well as the attorneys involved. 

The law firm Irwin Mitchell reported its Will, Trust and Estate Dispute team saw a 25% increase in cases linked to cohabiting couples in the last two years.

See John Bingham, No Will? No Way This Ends Happily – Why More Families Feud Over Wills, The Telegraph, Apr. 19, 2014.


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