Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Forced Marriages Courtesy Of The Law Commission..

The Law Commission's proposals about co-habitation have been presented in an extraordinarily misleading way:

Cohabitees could be granted some of the same legal and financial rights as married couples in the event of separation or death, under proposals unveiled today.

What is being proposed is not an extension of rights but rather a curtailment. Currently couples have the right to either get married and assume both the obligations and benefits that go with it or to co-habit. Co-habitees have not signed an agreement to share their finances with each other in the way that married couples have, so how on earth is it an extension of their rights to suddenly lumber them with that obligation?

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