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Ignore the 'moralists'

The next government needs to recognise cohabitation as a societal norm, says Marilyn Stowe

8 April 2015

Cohabitation has risen
by nearly 30 per cent
in the UK in the last
ten years. Scotland has sound cohabitation law, but despite recommendations of the Law Commission for the introduction of modest compensatory legislation to the rest of the
UK, two successive governments have parked it, treating the subject as a hot potato.

Why is there such paralysis in providing qualifying cohabitants a remedy for economic loss as a consequence of cohabitation?

In power, no party appears prepared to grasp the nettle and stand up to moralists in the press and the House of Lords who wrongly fear the institution of marriage will be doomed. Instead, they prefer to leave the populace reliant on expensive and complicated chancery law harking back to the Victorian era.

Take Graham-York v York (Personal Representative of the Estate of Norton Brian York...

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