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July 30, 2007

Cohabitation Rights

Difficult to shake off a small feeling here:

A powerful group of family solicitors is calling on the Government to make a commitment to giving cohabiting couples new financial protection if they split up, and to make time for an early Bill.

So the people pushing for legal rights for cohabitees are the people who will get paid for sorting out the legal rights of those cohabitees?

Can you say "self serving bastards"?

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Posted by: Surreptitious Evil | Jul 30, 2007 11:07:16 AM

Why should anyone have special rights just becasue they choose to live in the same house as someone else? Surely this discriminates against couples who choose not not marry and to live in separate houses too. How long before these lawyers demand equal rights for these people?

Posted by: Pete | Jul 30, 2007 11:48:26 AM

There's an old joke about prostitutes

You don't pay them to sleep with you, you pay them to go away afterwards.

Perhaps this is a secret plan by, not just the union of lawyerly scum, but the union of sex workers?

Posted by: AntiCitizenOne | Jul 30, 2007 12:17:11 PM

If cohabiting couples wish to formalise their relationship, how about paying £45 or so and getting registered to marry. No need for gowns, guest list, car, toppers or flowers.

Nah, too simple.

This story has been rumbling along, but it shows without a doubt that vast numbers of otherwise intelligent people are, in fact, imbeciles, or choose to act like them if money or control is within their grasp.

Posted by: Roger Thornhill | Jul 30, 2007 1:52:20 PM

People are forgetting what a wedding ceremony is. It is not only a contract between two people, but also a pledge between that couple and society.
So okay, delete wedding, insert any kind of 'couple' you want, but a pact should surely still exist between them and society regarding their duties to society?
Without this, why should society treat them as different from two single people?

Posted by: Anthony North | Jul 30, 2007 4:14:01 PM

Tim,

"Can you say "self serving bastards"?

Sure. And I can say that they might know what they're talking about.

Posted by: Martin | Jul 30, 2007 8:38:21 PM

Marriage is a legal contract, if any couple wish the benefits of the protection of a contract then they know what to do. If not why should they be forced to accept responsibilities they do not want. Not only is marriage discouraged by the system now even living together will be too. Who will want to take a chance of losing their assets by living together for a couple of years. Where there are children they are already provisions for them or a couple can choose to make extra provision. Must admit all the couples I know who live together one of them would like to get married and one is not ready to commit.

Posted by: carol42 | Jul 31, 2007 12:20:26 AM