In 2006, the law in Scotland changed to provide a greater level of protection to unmarried, cohabiting couples. The new legislation was welcomed and seen as a positive step forward by many; 15 years on, there is a great deal of debate around whether the law is still fit for purpose, writes Tom Quail
An addition to a discussion paper on cohabitation has been put forward by the Faculty of Advocates. The Scottish Law Commission paper examines statutory financial rights for cohabitants, and the distinction, if any, there should be with spouses and civil partners.
Kate Dowdalls QC discusses the Scottish Law Commission's Cohabitation Discussion Paper in a new video. The commission welcomes responses to the paper.
The Scottish Law Commission has published a discussion paper reviewing cohabitation law in Scotland. While the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006 gives cohabitants statutory rights where none previously existed, there have been changes in society and in attitudes to relationships and families in Scotlan
The laws on cohabitation in Scotland are problematic and disadvantageous to vulnerable and grieving people, according to a report by the Law Society of Scotland. Published today, Rights of cohabitants calls for a full review of the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006.