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Living together/cohabitation

Step forward, cohabitants

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This week we’ve seen the law make a significant move towards better recognition of the modern family. The Supreme Court has recognised the right of someone who shared a home and life with a worker to claim a pension after their partner’s death on the same terms as if they had been married. You can click here for the full judgment. The claimant, Denise Brewster, lived with her partner William McMullan for ten years. On Christmas Eve 2009, they became engaged, but tragically William died just two days later. At the time of his death, William had been working for…

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Not getting married

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According to the Office of National Statistics this week, the number of cohabiting couples has more than doubled in the last 20 years, from 1.5m in 1996 to 3.3m in 2016. Cohabiting couple families now make up 17% of all families in the UK. What are the implications of this? The fundamental difference between marriage and cohabitation is that when you get married, you know that there is a legal framework around what would happen if you were to split up: the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 kicks in to regulate your divorce and any financial arrangements that need to be made…

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Domestic abuse and coercive control

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The Crown Prosecution Service has just released details of the first known conviction under new laws relating to domestic abuse that were brought in at the end of last year.   This seems to be a good time for a recap on what the law says about control, abuse and violence in close personal relationships. The new cross-government definition of domestic violence and abuse is : “any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The…

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Not very civil

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This week, the High Court refused permission to an opposite-sex couple to enter a civil partnership. Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld had brought the case against the government on the basis that it breaches equalities legislation. This is because the only form of legally-recognised partnership in our country for opposite-sex couples is marriage, whereas gay and lesbian couples can choose whether they wish to marry or to form a civil partnership. This couple both feel that marriage is a patriarchal institution and want no part of it. However they do wish to have recognition and regulation of their relationship. They…

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