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Law Society calls for full review of 'problematic' cohabitation laws

Cohabitation laws in Scotland are in need of reform as they do not help grieving people or vulnerable individuals, according to a recent report by the Law Society of Scotland.

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What rights do cohabitants have to a partner's intestate estate?

Our most recent blog looked at the topic of intestacy rights for surviving spouses and civil partnerships which has been opened for public view in the latest consultation. The Scottish Government also asked whether current laws were up to date with Scotland’s typical family life and whether the rights of cohabitants and stepchildren are representative of Scotland today. We have set out a quick guide to your rights under current legislation.

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Unmarried claimant of widowed parent's allowance wins Supreme Court ruling for breach of ECHR

A woman in Northern Ireland who was refused a claim for widowed parent’s allowance (WPA) because she was not married to her deceased partner, has won a ruling from the UK Supreme Court. The restrictive legislation was said to benefit those who are married or in a civil partnership, and breaches human rights law by unjustifiably discriminating against the survivor and/or children on the basis of their marital or birth status.

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Do you know your rights in co-habitation?

A third of couples who live together believe that they were entitled to the same rights as married couples, or were unaware of their rights.

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Is Marriage Out Of Date?

On the 10th of February 2011, three debates were held at the Oxford Union, Cambridge Union, and in the House of Lords. These debates were all entitled “This house believes the institution of marriage is out of date” and in all three places the motion was defeated, with a clear majority unable to contemplate the possibility of marriage being out of date. Five years on, would they come to the same conclusion? We take a bird’s eye view of families today and attempt to come to a conclusion.

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