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'The idea of a common law partner whereby people simply living together have the same rights as married couples is currently a myth and it is about time the out of touch cohabitation laws were brought up to date.Other key findings include:
Many people in this situation don’t know that they are not well protected in the event of a separation and we have seen examples of people literally being left out in the cold because they have been evicted from a house they have shared with their partner for years.
The latest statistics are further evidence of how the world is changing and people are now living their lives differently to 10, 20 years ago. The cohabitation rights bill has been in the early stages of passing through parliament for some time now but we believe it needs to become more of a priority following May’s general election.
Legislation in this area has not moved with the times and this means couples who live together have very few rights in law in the event of relationship breakdown. The only way for couples to protect themselves and their assets in the event of a split is to prepare a cohabitation agreement or property ownership document with advice from legal specialists from the outset.
It is very similar to a pre-nuptial agreement, and enables both parties to ensure they state clearly how their assets should be divided in the event that their relationship does sadly come to an end.'
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