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Cohabiting Couples

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what representations she has received on the Law Commission proposals that cohabiting couples have the same rights on separation as married couples on divorce. (77332)

I have received no representations. The Law Commission published a consultation paper on 31 May entitled “Cohabitation: the Financial Consequences of Relationship Breakdown”. The consultation period will run until 30 September. The Law Commission has not proposed giving cohabiting couples the same rights on separation as married couples on divorce. An overview document of the consultation paper is available on the Law Commission's website at www.lawcom.gov.uk/cohabitation.htm. The Government look forward to the outcome of the consultation and will consider any recommendations that the Commission makes in its final report due next year.