The rights of Scottish cohabitees by Jennifer Gallagher

August 14, 2017 1 comment

family law

In Scotland, financial provision for cohabitants on separation and death is set out in the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006. This gives cohabitants a certain degree of rights. However, it is unclear whether cohabiting couples in Scotland are better off than their counterparts south of the border. In July 2007 the Law Commission in England…

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Scottish MPs consider family law review

March 30, 2016 1 comment

Scotland

A detailed review of Scottish family law may be needed, a committee of Scottish MPs has claimed. The Justice Committee of the Scottish Parliament recently heard evidence from legal experts and interested parties on two aspects of the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006: cohabitation rights and parental rights for unmarried fathers. The Act made a…

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Resolution calls for cohabitation law

October 28, 2014 10 comments

cohabitation

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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Gow v Grant: the Supreme Court rules on cohabitation

July 7, 2012 0 comments

Supreme Court Justices

This post has been reproduced on the UK Supreme Court’s blog. I first wrote about the Scottish case of Gow v Grant in a post for the Times’ Experts blog, in September 2011. At the time, I was deeply concerned by the Government’s decision not to take forward the Law Commission’s recommendations for reform of…

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