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Resolution welcomes Supreme Court verdict on cohabitee's pension

08 Feb 2017

Speaking in response to today's (8th Feb) Supreme Court ruling, Graeme Fraser - Chair of Resolution's Cohabitation Committee - said:

“Today's Supreme Court decision is highly significant for millions of unmarried couples in the UK in being placed on a fairer footing. It is hoped that this decision will pave the way for further recognition of their family rights and needs not only by the Courts but by Parliament.

“As the fastest growing family type in the UK, it’s crucial that these 3.3m cohabiting couples, alongside any children they may have, are provided considerably greater legal protection. Otherwise, as things stand, they are left vulnerable on the death of their partner or on relationship breakdown – hopefully today’s verdict paves the way for this to change.”