The Law Commission has recommended a series of reforms which would result in unmarried couples receiving rights similar to those available to married couples or civil partners in the event of the relationship failing.

The Law Commission has concluded that cohabiting couples with children, or those who have been living together for a minimum period, should be able to claim most of the same financial remedies as those available on divorce. Such remedies may include the right to claim lump sums, the right to live in the family home and the right, possibly, to a share of a partner’s pension.

Those couples who do not want to participate in the scheme would be able to opt out and put in place their own arrangements to be implemented if the relationship were to fail.

View executive summary of the Law Commission’s recommendations (PDF 53.97KB)

View the Law Commission’s recommendations (PDF 1.5 MB)