Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Cohabitees' Rights

Law Commission The government has asked the Law Commission to prepare a consultation paper looking into the rights of cohabitees. According to BBC News cohabitees could be allowed to make the same kind of claims as divorcees, albeit on a less generous basis. No doubt there will be some who will say that this is just another erosion of the institution of marriage, although I think most will welcome it. Indeed, many people seem to believe that cohabitees already have such rights - like the lawyer mentioned in the BBC report, I have had numerous clients come to me over the years with the erroneous belief that they have acquired such rights merely by living with their partner for a certain length of time.

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