Unmarried couples who live together for just two years will be automatically entitled to half their partner\’s estate if they die without a will, under proposals from the Government\’s law advisers.
There have been a number of attempts at doing something like this is recent years. Change the rules so that those who cohabit have the same rights to alimoney, financial assets, here it\’s inheritances, as those who do not marry.
Essentially there\’s those within the law (for thee proposals all seem to come from various committees of lawyers) who disagree with the fact that England does not have common law marriage (umm, 1752 we got rid of it, didn\’t we?).
The thing is, there\’s a solution easily to hand. Marriage. Or in this particular case, one even simpler. Write a will.
At the moment people have choices: share a bed and a house but do not intertwine your finances: marry, write a will, draw up a contract and share your bed and house and your finances. Up to you which you choose.
The lawyers would take that choice away from you.
The mere (and these days it is indeed mere) fact that you have been bonking the same person for two years would give them the right to half your assets.
It\’s difficult to escape the idea that there\’s still a lot of puritans around: you shouldn\’t be having sex without paying for it in some manner.