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Cohabitation - bid to change the law.

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28 Sep 09 #150052 by Elle
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One place to find the answer will be government web and links.

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28 Sep 09 #150061 by maggie
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John Bolch wrote about it:
www.familylore.co.uk/search/label/Cohabitation

"Mother of Parliaments
written by John Bolch on Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Don't you just love our parliamentary system? I've just read an article in the June issue of Resolution's magazine The Review about the progress of Lord Lester's Cohabitation Bill, which had its Second Reading on the 13th March and then went to Committee Stage on the 30th April.

The Second Reading appears to have been quite interesting, with some reasonable debate both for and against the Bill. However, things were rather different at Committee Stage, as the authors of the article state: "In contrast to the proceedings at Second Reading, sitting in the Chamber was a somewhat dispiriting experience. Instead of the reasoned arguments that we enjoyed at Second Reading , it quickly became clear that some peers were out to wreck the Bill, for example, spending time on procedure around the tabling and grouping of amendments rather than the issues". The villainess of the piece, it seems, was Baroness Deech of Cumnor (where?) who, as Lord Lester stated, was clearly out to kill the Bill. As a result, little progress was made and the Government Whip's Office have since indicated that they are not prepared to make any more time for the Bill in Committee, 'as there is no real likelihood of it becoming law'.

So, the wreckers win the day and another opportunity to provide protection for separating cohabitants (or at least to have sensible debate about the issue) has been lost. Parliamentarians can now get back to dealing with the really important things, like whether their moats need cleaning."

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28 Sep 09 #150065 by Elle
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Elle wrote:

One place to find the answer will be government web and links.

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And another is maggie a wiki mine of news and information, soz maggie ;)

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28 Sep 09 #150081 by maggie
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Deech effect - the effect of one unelected person on the interests of the many?

This was? the Lester Cohabitation Bill.

services.parliament.uk/bills/2008-09/cohabitation.html

On First Reading,
www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld2008...5.htm#09031365000492

Baroness Deech said
"Your Lordships will know that the Law Commission recommended a law for cohabitants, but that proposal awaits the completion of further research on how it has worked in Scotland."

Anyone know if it's been a success in Scotland?

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28 Sep 09 #150130 by Fiona
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Difficult to say, Maggie, because in Scotland there are so few judgments. After the law came into effect in May 2006 the first 'palimony' case was concluded in September 2008. See;

divorcesurvivor-fiona.blogspot.com/search?q=palimony

It has to be said that cohabitant rights in Scotland are limited and not anything like the same as matrimonial rights or as far reaching as the proposed Lester Bill.

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28 Sep 09 #150167 by maggie
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Judging by that first case -
www.scotcourts.gov.uk/opinions/2008CSOH125.html

seems unlikely to be a stampede?
The judge says he's hobbled by the legislation?

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