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Government rejects call to reform law for cohabiting partners

Added by Berlad Graham
November 10, 2022

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Many couples are now choosing to live together rather than entering marriage or a civil partnership. Many do not realise that, even after many years together, if they split up, (or one party died) they do not have the same protection of the law as they would if they were married.

In short there is no such thing as a common law husband or wife and often complicated property, civil and inheritance laws have to be used to try to get a fair settlement.

This was on the agenda to be reformed to introduce laws to help cohabiting couples and give clarity if the relationship ends but has now been put back and there is no timeframe as to when the discussions will be resumed.

In the meantime, if you are in a cohabiting relationship and want certainty and protection if the relationship ends, by whatever means, then contact one of our Family team who will help you to put the right documents in place for a secure future. Call on 0330 175 5655 or email