3 January 2013 by

2011 Census figures highlight risks to cohabiting couples, says Resolution

New figures from the UK Census have revealed that more and more couples are living together without being married. Resolution, which represents 6,500 family law professionals in England and Wales, believes the figures once again highlight the urgent need to give legal rights to millions of couples in England and Wales.

The recent data published by the Office for National Statistics, shows that households containing one cohabiting couple rose by nearly 30% in ten years, from 1.8 million in 2001, to 2.3 million in 2011.

Resolution has repeated its concerns that despite the growing social trend, the current laws do not offer these couples the same protection as married couples upon separation.

There is currently no specific legislation in place in England and Wales to protect the rights of cohabiting couples on the breakdown of a relationship. They are forced to rely upon a complicated patchwork of property and trust law principles in order to enforce their rights for financial relief through the courts. Our article ‘The Law of Co-habitation – Lessons to be Learned North of the Border’ provides further details.

Resolution points out that earlier this year, Baroness Hale, spoke of the disparity between Scottish and English law on cohabitation, in a Supreme Court ruling on Gow v Grant [2012] UKSC 29. She highlighted the protection offered to cohabiting couples north of the border, stating “English and Welsh cohabitants and children deserve no less.”

Resolution is calling for changes to the law in England and Wales to ensure that unmarried couples do not suffer unnecessarily should they separate. For further details in relation to Resolution’s proposals please see the following link to their press release: http://www.resolution.org.uk/news-list.asp?page_id=228&page=1&n_id=192 .

Cohabitation disputes often involve complicated issues of law and can be extremely stressful, should you require advice in relation to this area, please contact the team at Bolt Burdon.

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The Draft Finance Bill 2013 – what does it mean for me?

Earlier this month, following the Autumn Statement, HM Treasury and HMRC published draft legislation for the Finance Bill 2013 for consultation before the release of a full Finance Bill in spring 2013. The majority of the draft documentation confirms previous announcements, but what are the main points relevant to you as an individual?

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