After much campaigning and media coverage there appears to finally be consideration of the need for change to the divorce law in this country requiring irretrievable breakdown proved by allegations of unreasonable behaviour or adultery for an immediate divorce.
Sir James Munby has now put a marker down for the next necessary family law reform- the rights of unmarried couples. This issue formed part of Resolution’s cohabitation rights awareness week last year. I am saddened by how often clients come to see me believing the length of their relationship will entitle them to a share of their partner’s assets, when they believed they would have claims and do not.
Rights for unmarried couples can be complex and the litigation restricted to property and small claims courts unless there are children involved.
If you need any advice on this issue please do not hesitate to contact me.
The lack of legal rights for long-term unmarried couples is the next “long-standing injustice” due for reform, a senior judicial figure has said.