Sir Michael Fallon MP discusses lack of rights for cohabiting couples

25th January 2018

Sir Michael Fallon MP for Sevenoaks and Helen Noble, Family Law Partner at Rix & Kay

Sir Michael Fallon MP for Sevenoaks has met with Helen Noble, specialist Family Lawyer, Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer at leading South East law firm Rix & Kay, to discuss the current lack of rights for cohabiting couple in the UK.

The meeting, which took place at Rix & Kay’s offices in Sevenoaks, highlighted the growing concern that more than three million people living as cohabitees currently have little or no legal protection should they separate.

Helen Noble, who is a member of Resolution, commented,

“Resolution is doing a fantastic job to raise public awareness of this important issue but we need to do more to raise awareness of the sad reality that unmarried couples have very limited legal rights and responsibilities towards each other if their relationship breaks down.

Cohabiting couples often believe they have the same rights as married couples and that living together creates a common law marriage. The facts of course are very different and whether you have lived with someone for 5 months or 50 years, if you are not married then there are no automatic rights to share property, pension, other savings or receive maintenance if you have given up work to care for children. This is why I urge all those considering living together to consider basic protections, such as a cohabitation agreement or document recording property rights to protect both partners, should they separate.

I would like to thank Sir Michael for taking the time to discuss this subject with me.”

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