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Divorce law blog

Legal reform needed to give more protection for unmarried couples living together?

10/07/2012   By:

Nigel Shepherd, one of the family law partners in our Manchester office, appeared on BBC 5 Live's late night programme last night discussing the rights of cohabitants on relationship breakdown and the need for reform in this area of law. 

> Click here to listen to the discussion on BBC iPlayer

The debate follows last week's Supreme Court decision in Gow v Grant, which was an appeal under the Scottish cohabitation legislation introduced in 2006. Despite the fact that Scotland and other jurisdictions around the world provide protection for cohabitants, and in the face of Law Commission recommendations that we should legislate, the Government here keeps deferring reform.

Nigel's commentary on this issue can be found on BBC iPlayer and starts at around 41 minutes and 30 seconds in.

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