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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Liberal Democrats vote for cohabitation rights

September 18, 2013 5 comments

The Liberal Democrats have passed a motion calling for greater financial and property rights for unmarried couples when their relationship ends. The motion also calls for reform of the law on intestacy (death without a valid will), so that the surviving partner in a cohabiting couple could benefit from the estate of the deceased person…

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Death and the unmarried couple: what happens to the house?

December 19, 2011 26 comments

It has been reported that the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has denounced David Cameron’s proposal to give tax breaks to married couples. Although I am a supporter of improved legal rights for cohabiting couples, I disagree with Nick Clegg’s opposition to the idea that, in his words, “the state should use the tax system…

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