18 August 2018

Jo Edwards quoted in The Guardian calling for more legal rights for cohabiting couples

The Guardian published two articles, one published online entitled the “Rise in deathbed weddings prompts call to protect cohabiting couples” and the other in print entitled “Give more legal rights to cohabiting couples, lawyers urge Government”.

The articles highlighted the call by a coalition of legal organisations and family charities for the government to give more legal rights to the rising number of cohabiting couples. As a former chair of Resolution, Head of Family Jo commented that “The stark reality is that most sleepwalk into difficulties, unaware of their lack of rights as an unmarried couple until it is too late. Ultimately, the best protection as the law stands is to get married; that is why so-called deathbed weddings are a growing phenomenon. But given the emotional angst that this can cause at an already difficult time, [it’s] far better to change the law and offer cohabitants protection on death.”

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