Very interesting that some MP has the time to introduce a new law on cohabitation when apparently there is no time or resources to do something as complicated as enforcing the existing provisions of Family Law, let alone clarifying it.
"The Bill is part of a campaign called Living Together and is organised by Resolution, the association of 5,000 family lawyers in England and Wales, with the Odysseus Trust, founded by Lord Lester.
He said: "The current law creates an unacceptable situation in a society that prides itself on fairness. The law should be clear and reasonably predictable. Yet when cohabitants seek legal redress on separation, they are faced with complex legislation, uncertain outcomes and potentially high costs that can exceed those of a fully-contested divorce."
I relish the idea that Resolution is backing a campaign for law that is clear and reasonably predictable for cohabitation but apparently doing nothing about divorce law- are they backing a bigger meal ticket?
Why should cohabitees have the same rights ? If you can't make a commitment ,then that's hard luck .
My situation is thus
I am divorced ,and had a reasonable settlement . I have bought a house in my name . I supplied the deposit , I pay the mortgage , I got the loan and am liable for it . My girlfriend is moving in with me soon . If we split ,why should she be entitled to half of it ? I won't be entitled to half of her car if we split up , or half of her inheritence from her parents house when they die . (nor should I be )
In my opinion , those who make the laws would be better of making pre nuptial agreements legally binding .
The government says it is worried about the rates of marriage falling , people aren't getting married because of the injustice in our divorce laws . Legally binding pre-nuptial agreements would go a long way to solving this problem .