Posted by Simon Bassett, Partner
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Calls for More Legal Rights for Couples who Cohabit
At the end of April of this year, one of the UK’s most senior judges suggested that unmarried women who live with their partner are effectively “thrown on the scrapheap” if the relationship breaks down.
Many couples who cohabit are of the belief that they have the same legal rights as married couples; however this is in-fact a myth. Many couples who cohabit could have fewer legal rights than they think – something they are only likely to find out if and when the relationship ends.
Unfortunately by then, it is often too late to do anything about it. As a result, those in a long-term relationship who postpone their careers to look after children can often find themselves struggling financially.
In light of this, the senior judge has called on the government to introduce legislation which ensures that those couples who cohabit have similar rights to married couples; with proposals put forward by this judge to include extra compensation for either partner when a relationship breaks down.
At Royds, we are able to advise those couples who cohabit or are planning on cohabiting and wish to discuss how they can protect themselves financially in the event of a relationship breakdown.
To find out how we can assist with cohabitation agreements, contact Patrick Hart in our Family Law team today.
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