I am raising funds to help fight what we believe is a landmark case in Cohabition Rights. Every case brings cohabitees one step closer to equality and justice.
The current lack of guidelines leads to unecessary expensive litigation costs and high conflict . Worse, it also leaves the weak financial party without financial security. Long term cohabitees who gave up their careers to raise a family should be given legal protection. At the moment, Cohabitees have no automatic rights to property, pension or compensation for loss of earning while raising children. This has an impact on the whole family and has to change.
Here is an extract from an article by Matthew Rogers, legal journalist which perfectly portrays the impossible situation facing cohabitees :
“Figures published by the Office of National Statistics (…) revealed that cohabiting couple families are now the fastest growing family type in the UK, with 3.3 million such families documented in 2016, more than double the 1.5 million recorded in 1996.
‘A legal framework of rights and responsibilities for cohabitants upon separation should be introduced as soon as possible,’ said Nigel Shepherd, chair of Resolution and head of family law at Mills & Reeve.(…)
There has been many attempts to address the vacuum of law in this area and attempts to introduce a Cohabitation Rights Bill, which would “seeks to provide basic protections for cohabitants (...)
Under the Bill, the court is able to make a financial settlement order where there is a ‘retained benefit’ or an ‘economic disadvantage’ dependent on any ‘qualifying contributions’ made – either financial or other.”
The case is convincing and the court has a scope to act and remedy to allow a fair outcome.
We are uneligible for legal aid for this case. Every contribution, no matter how small, will help.
Keep an eye out for our Website coming soon!