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'These insights shine a stark spotlight on the widespread confusion and misperceptions which exist in terms of the rights of unmarried parents regarding child-related financial settlements. It also appears that the single avenue which does exist – Schedule 1 claims – is widely underutilised, as shown in the data we’ve unearthed.
There is clearly widespread public support for equal rights between married and unmarried couples in this area. However, the law remains different and often less generous for children of unmarried parents in terms of capital settlements and is in dire need of reform to bring it into the modern age.
The newly reintroduced Cohabitation Rights Bill would go some way towards clarifying unmarried couples’ rights, so it is therefore imperative that the newly elected Government tackles this glaring issue with utmost urgency. Doing so would give much-needed clarity and redress to the millions of UK families involving unmarried parents. No longer can the proverbial can be kicked down the road on this issue.'
This work provides commentary, checklists, procedural guides and precedents on the subject in a...