So aside from marrying or entering into a civil partnership is there anything that cohabitees
can do to reduce inheritance tax when they die?
Bereavement allowance is payable to recently widowed spouses and civil partners, but cohabitees
are not entitled to this benefit.
One in four children is born to cohabitees
, and recent actions have involved custody of children, jointly owned property, bank accounts and even pets.
The new one-employee limit will cover cohabitees
and financial partners as well as spouses and blood relatives.
The Government is currently looking at the question of whether cohabitees
should have similar rights to married couples.
There are concerns that many cohabitees
are unaware that, compared to married couples, there are major differences in their status regarding property rights, children, inheritance, taxes, separation and pensions.
Peter Lowe, head of the law firm's family department, said: "There is a lot of misinformation circulating about the rights and responsibilities of cohabitees
Studies show cohabitees
have less stability, more disagreements, go on to have less satisfying marriages and are more likely to break up.
If you are unmarried and cohabit with your partner, cohabitees
have no immediate rights simply because of cohabitation and the law does not recognise "common law" spouses.
If you live with someone who is not your husband, wife or civil partner, they have no right to anything - yet less than a quarter of cohabitees
have made a will.
Yesterday's papers were full of sordid revelations about the past lives of several contestants, while sleazy PJ's frolics with Jade do not seem to have gone down too well with his cohabitees
and the balding Brummie has drifted on the outright market.
The situation becomes even more difficult for cohabitees
who have not made a will.