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Cohabitants: No Review of Law in This Parliament

Unmarried Couples

The Government has decided not to press ahead with reforms to cohabitants’ legal rights during the current parliamentary term.  Law Commissioner Professor Elizabeth Cooke stated:

“We note the government’s cautious response to our recommendations, and that reform will not be implemented during the current Parliament.  We hope that implementation will not be delayed beyond the early days of the next Parliament, in view of the hardship and injustice caused by the current law.  The prevalence of cohabitation, and of the birth of children to couples who live together, means that the need for reform of the law can only become more pressing over time”.

To read the full statement please click here.

If you are cohabitants purchasing property or an unmarried co-owner wishing to review your rights please contact our Family or Property departments for a free initial appointment to discuss your options.  Please call Eastbourne: 01323 727321 or Hailsham: 01323 841481