Is the President of the Family Division right about change being necessary to bring cohabitation laws in line with divorce laws?
I for one believe he is.
How can it be right for couples to live and be treated by society as though they were married or civil partners with or without children until they come to separate? At that point and in the eyes of the law they are seen as nothing more than business partners. No or limited financial protection is provided for the weaker of the two and the courts have virtually no discretion.
Changes in society have to embrace the whole story not just the beginning and middle with a different ending that bears no resemblance to the story as a whole.
Great strides have been made with same sex laws. Hasn’t the time come to make similar strides for cohabitants?
June Venters QC