Couples don’t need the law to tell them how to live together – The Guardian

Posted November 23rd, 2009 in cohabitation, news by sally

“Extending property rights to those who move in together, but don’t marry, will only lead to heartbreak and pain for the young.”

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The Guardian, 22nd November 2009


Make pre-nups legally binding, says Tory thinktank – The Guardian

Posted November 17th, 2008 in cohabitation, news, prenuptial agreements by sally

“Pre-nuptial agreements would be legally binding, and cohabiting couples would not have the same rights as those who marry, under Tory plans for strengthening marriage unveiled today.”

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The Guardian, 17th November 2008


Cohabitation law delay ‘shoddy’ – BBC News

Posted March 10th, 2008 in cohabitation, news by sally

“A government delay on new rights for cohabiting couples has been slammed by family lawyers.”

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BBC News, 8th March 2008

Response to paper on cohabitation and relationship breakdown – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 7th, 2008 in cohabitation, press releases by sally

“Justice Minister Bridget Prentice has made a written ministerial statement announcing the government’s response to the Law Commission’s paper on the financial consequences of relationship breakdown for cohabiting couples.”

Press release

Ministry of Justice, 6th March 2008


Legal rights to cohabiting couples are shelved – The Times

Posted March 7th, 2008 in cohabitation, news by sally

“Plans to give two million cohabiting partners similar rights to married couples have been shelved by ministers.”

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The Times, 7th March 2008


Laskar v Laskar – WLR Daily

Posted February 11th, 2008 in cohabitation, law reports, mortgages by sally

Laskar v Laskar; [2008] WLR (D) 39

“The presumption that the legal and beneficial interests of a domestic property conveyed into joint names were, in the absence of an agreement between the parties, joint and equal applied to a family home occupied by cohabitants. The presumption did not apply to commercial properties or to property purchased as an investment even where the purchasers belonged to the same family.”

WLR Daily, 8th February 2008


Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Cohabitation laws too expensive, says Haworth & Nutall – The Lawyer

Posted September 6th, 2007 in cohabitation, news by sally

“Blackburn-based firm Haworth & Nuttall has claimed that changes to cohabitation laws will ‘fall at the first hurdle’ due to extra costs.”

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The Lawyer, 5th September 2007


Taking the spleen out of splitting up – The Times

Posted August 7th, 2007 in cohabitation, news by sally

“Plans to give unmarried couples improved rights on the breakdown of their relationship highlight how worried the Government is about changes in society that leave many women and their children in deep financial trouble once a partnership breaks down. But for many who plan to co-own property, any change to the law (which is not expected to happen quickly) will not necessarily help them.”

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The Times, 7th August 2007


Law is “unjust” for unwed couples – BBC News

Posted July 31st, 2007 in cohabitation, news by sally

“Couples who are living together should have more legal rights, according to a report from the Law Commission.”

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BBC News, 30th July 2007


Cohabitation – Law Commission

Posted July 31st, 2007 in cohabitation by sally

“The report contains final recommendations regarding the law as it affects cohabitants’ property and finances when their relationships end, whether by separation or by death.”

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Law Commission, 31st July 2007


Break-up may end in court for unmarried couples – The Times

Posted July 31st, 2007 in cohabitation, news by sally

“Cohabiting couples would be entitled to financial settlements if they split up, under proposals from the Government’s key adviser on law reform.”

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The Times, 31st July 2007


Lawyers demand better rights for cohabitees who separate – The Times

Posted July 30th, 2007 in cohabitation, news by sally

“A powerful group of family solicitors is calling on the Government to make a commitment to giving cohabiting couples new financial protection if they split up, and to make time for an early Bill.”

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The Times, 30th July 2007


Cohabiting couples ‘should get rights’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 26th, 2007 in cohabitation, divorce, news by sally

“Cohabiting couples who separate should be given the same rights to each other’s wealth as married couples who divorce, according to Government advisers.”

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Daily Telegraph, 26th July 2007


The Living Together Campaign: an investigation of its impact on legally aware cohabitants – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 25th, 2007 in cohabitation by sally

“This is a summary of a short study done in January and September 2006, to assess the attitudes and behaviour of a group of legally aware cohabitants, former cohabitants and intending cohabitants who had accessed The Living Together Campaign (LTC)’s website on the legal position of cohabiting couples.”

The Living Together Campaign – an investigation of its impact on legally aware cohabitants (PDF)

Ministry of Justice, 25th July 2007


Unmarried couples get equal rights on ‘divorce’ – The Times

Posted June 11th, 2007 in cohabitation, news by sally

“Cohabiting partners who split up are to get similar rights to divorcing couples under plans to be outlined next month, The Times has learnt.”

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The Times, 11th June 2007


Cohabiting couples warned to protect their property rights – The Guardian

Posted April 30th, 2007 in cohabitation, news by sally

“Lawyers are warning cohabiting couples to spell out in writing what share of their home each should get if they split up, to avoid expensive legal battles consuming a large chunk of their wealth. The advice comes after a landmark judgment last week by five law lords, setting out how the courts should resolve such cases.”

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The Guardian, 30th April 2007


Stack v Dowden – Times law Reports

Posted April 26th, 2007 in cohabitation, law reports by sally

Presumption of equality in couple’s joint ownership

Stack v Dowden

House of Lords

“A conveyance of a domestic property into the joint names of cohabitants established a prime facie case of joint and equal beneficial interests in the property until the contrary was proved.”

The Times 26th April 2007


Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication

Unmarried couples come closer to winning legal divorce rights – The Times

Posted April 26th, 2007 in cohabitation, news by sally

“Unmarried couples who separate moved a step closer to acquiring the “divorce rights” of married couples yesterday with a House of Lords ruling that they can win a half-share in their joint home.”

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The Times, 26th April 2007


Unmarried couples win rights to half of shared properties – The Times

Posted April 25th, 2007 in cohabitation, news by sally

“Unmarried couples who split have won equal rights to a share in their home – but only if they put it in joint names, the House of Lords ruled this morning.”

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The Times, 25th April 2007