‘Myth’ of ‘common law marriage’ leaves disadvantaged groups (translation: women) disproportionately at risk

A piece from the ridiculous Women & Equalities Committee. An extract:

In the 25 years since 1996, the number of couples living together as cohabitants has more than doubled to 3.6 million, representing around 1 in 5 couples living together in the UK today. Despite this, a lack of legal protections means that, upon relationship breakdown, the financially weaker partner has no automatic rights to the family home. 

Translation – when a co-habiting couple break up, the woman should get the house, regardless of her financial contributions to the mortgage and other bills. Another extract:

Chair of the Women and Equalities Committee, Rt Hon Caroline Nokes MP, said:  

“The reality of modern relationships is that many of us choose – for a vast number of reasons – not to get married, even when in a committed, long-term relationship. This number is ever growing, and it is high time that the Government recognised this shift in social norms, which has been taking place for well over 30 years.”   

Translation – men have become increasingly and understandably reluctant to marry women because of the risk of ruinous divorce settlements, so we should also ruin them if they co-habit instead.

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