Cohabitation law – is reform back on the agenda?

At Harrogate Family Law, we closely followed the political party conference season for any potential updates regarding family law. We weren’t left disappointed, with cohabitation law reform being the order of the day for the Labour Party. On 10th October, the Shadow Attorney General, Emily Thornberry, declared that a Labour government would commit to reforming ...

2024-01-30T17:35:01+00:00November 20th, 2023|Cohabitation, Law changes|

Cohabitation law – what does the future hold?

If you’ve ever heard the term ‘common law spouse’ or ‘common law marriage’, it’s important to know that there’s no such thing. Despite this, a report by the Women and Equalities Committee showed that 46% of people living in England and Wales believe that unmarried cohabiting couples have the same rights as those who are ...

2024-01-11T12:33:28+00:00July 26th, 2023|Cohabitation|

Civil partnerships vs marriage – a consideration

What’s the difference between marriage and civil partnership? It’s a question that family lawyers are often asked, and here we’re taking a look at that very question as we come to the end of February and LGBTQ+ History Month 2023.  Until the passing of The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in 2013, civil partnership was ...

2024-01-11T14:33:30+00:00February 27th, 2023|Cohabitation, Gay marriage|

Living together as an unmarried couple: A risky business!

More than 5.9 million people in the UK are choosing to live together without marrying making cohabiting families the fastest growing type of household.  More than half of cohabitees still believe they are protected under “common law marriage”.  However, this is a myth and few are aware that they have little or no legal protection ...

2019-08-12T09:53:28+01:00August 12th, 2019|Cohabitation, Family law|
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