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Civil Partnership Ruling Shows Why Co-Habiting Couples Need Legal Help

05 Apr 2017

Posted in Family Law

In recent weeks a couple here in London have caused a stir in the legal world, which shows no sign of abating despite a setback in their legal battle. The campaign by Rebecca Steinfeld, 35, and Charles Keidan, 40, who reject traditional marriage on the grounds that they see it is a “sexist” and “patriarchal” institution has hit the headlines.

They appeared in court aiming to overturn the ban on heterosexual couples entering into civil partnerships but, the three judges narrowly, by two to one, decided to allow the government more time to review the law that prevents opposite-sex couples from taking advantage of civil partnership arrangements.

They now plan to take their challenge to the Supreme Court as they want the right under the Civil Partnerships Act 2004 to enter into a civil partnership – a choice open to same-sex couples. One of the judges said, “Some couples in their position may suffer serious fiscal disadvantage if, for example, one of them dies before they can form a civil partnership.” It’s a view not lost on us at Pindoria Solicitors.

Co-habiting couples need legal help to ensure they are protected, because as things stand currently the law does not protect them in the same way as married couples. There are over 3 million mixed-sex couples who are cohabiting in this country and too many of them could be left high and dry if one partner leaves or dies. A cohabitation agreement makes good sense for peace of mind and a chat with an experienced trusted solicitor is the sensible option.

The fact is countless different-sex couples will feel that their rights need to be represented, and it’s clear this battle is far from over. As things currently stand, The Isle of Man is the only part of the British Isles that offers heterosexual couples the opportunity to enter into civil partnerships. Surely the rest of us will change in time to accommodate our changing world.

So many now feel that civil partnerships should be extended to heterosexual couples who wish to have a legal union in accordance with their beliefs. Here in 2017, too many see injustice in the lack of legal rights for cohabiting couples, which is now the fastest-growing household type in the country.

We watch developments with interest.