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Judge calls for more rights to unmarried couples

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Judge calls for more rights to unmarried couples

News article published on: 20th June 2012

England’s top woman judge has called for unmarried couples to be given greater legal rights to protect themselves upon the breakdown of a relationship.

Supreme Court Judge Baroness Hale commented that the law in England and Wales offered less protection than in Scotland, where couples who live together as if married have rights and obligations.

What right to cohabitating couples currently have?

There are a number of disputes cohabitating couples could be involved in, including disputes over:

Unlike when married couples separate, cohabitees are not entitled to receive or obliged to pay maintenance to each other except for the benefit of children.

It was recently announced that the latest celebrity couple to split is spice girl Mel C, who has split from her partner of 10 years. The couple, who were not married will have to resolve financial matters and contact with regards to their daughter.

How Osbornes solicitors can help

If you are involved in a cohabitation dispute the family law solicitors at Osbornes will be able to assist you. Contact us now for a confidential chat.


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The family department at Osbornes is recommended and ranked by independent legal directories Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.  Our specialist family lawyers in London advise on all aspects of family lawincluding divorce law.

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