Cohabitation – The myth of the common law spouse

The government’s decision to  reject almost all proposals for cohabitation law reform put forward in the Women and Equalities Committee’s recent report may be the result of an administration with bigger fish to fry but is disappointing nonetheless.

In this latest podcast from Today’s Family Lawyer, host David Opie speaks with Hunter Law LLP Partner Richard Kershaw about the myth of the common law spouse and the anguish the absence of codified legal process brings to separating couples.

With societal change, falling rates of marriage and increased cohabitation, Richard urges a more holistic approach be taken to tackle the common misconceptions associated with cohabitation and couples and families be much more aware of the ramifications through education during the course of property transactions and wills, LPA’s and trust discussions.

Richard also shares his own thoughts on the challenges to changing current attitudes and legislation.

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