Cohabitation rights: a question of fairness

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December 18, 2014 18 comments

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Baroness Deech has written about Lord Marks’ Cohabitation Rights Bill, which intends to give financial protection to cohabitants, and which had its second reading in the House of Lords last week. She said: “I remain of the view that it is a denial of freedom to turn cohabitation into marriage by statute. Research into the…

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Resolution calls for cohabitation law

October 28, 2014 10 comments

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Family law organisation Resolution has called for the introduction of new legislation for cohabitees. Couples who live together without marrying should be new rights over property and assets if their relationship ends, the organisation declared. Currently only married couples have an automatic right to financial protection in the event of divorce. Resolution added its voice…

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Businessman told to pay ex-partner £28,500

October 18, 2014 5 comments

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A successful insurance agent must pay his former partner £28,500, the Court of Appeal has confirmed. David Southwell set up home with partner Catherine Blackburn in 2000, buying a house in Droitwich, Worcestershire in his own name and paying the mortgage for this. But when the relationship ended “acrimoniously” in 2012, his now ex-partner and…

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Cohabitants: whose house is it anyway?

September 4, 2014 0 comments

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A judge has allowed a case concerning shared interest in a house between former cohabitants to be heard by the Court of Appeal. In Woodward v Ashmore, the couple began their relationship in 1985 and began cohabiting in 1989.  They changed house, once in 1991 and again in 2001 (having a son in 1993), and…

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Cohabiting couples increased over ten year period

June 27, 2014 0 comments

The number of cohabiting couples across the UK increased by three per cent in the ten years to 2011, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has announced. The percentage of all UK households centred around a couple living together rose from 14 to 17 per cent, while the percentage of households made up of married…

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Government rejects inheritance reform for cohabiting couples

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June 13, 2014 3 comments

The government has rejected recommendations to amend the rules governing inheritance for cohabiting couples. The current rules state that, unless a valid will is made, unmarried couples living together have no automatic inheritance right to their partner’s estate even if they have children. The Law Commission proposed the Inheritance (Cohabitants) Bill in order to rectify…

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Half of young people “will never marry”

June 10, 2014 3 comments

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Close to half of people now aged 20 will never marry, the Marriage Foundation has claimed. Forty-eight per cent of women and 47 per cent of men currently at that age will not wed in their lifetimes, the campaign group said. In a newly published report entitled Who’s still getting married these days?, the Foundation…

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