The Chair of the House of Commons Women and Equalities Select Committee has urged the Government to reconsider its position to delay cohabitation law reform, in a letter to Family Justice Minister Lord Bellamy.
In its response to the Committee’s August report on the rights of cohabiting partners, the Government ruled out better legal protections for cohabiting partners until existing reviews on divorce and weddings law have concluded.
The Committee has pointed out that this could take “many years” with the Law Commission’s scoping paper on financial remedies on divorce not due until September 2024, ahead of a full review. They argue there is “no reason” why reviewing divorce and weddings law should prevent the Government from pursuing a separate, bespoke regime for cohabitants now. Read the full article below.