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Should cohabitees have the same rights as married couples?

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Introduction

________________ Should cohabitees have the same rights as married couples? In the United Kingdom, approximately 41% of people will enter a legal marriage; in comparison to 56.2% in 1995.With the constantly growing number of cohabitees in the United Kingdom should a law with cohabitees be introduced to ensure justice and fairness when a relationship between a non-married couple happen. A cohabitation law would ensure that couples who have not entered a marriage would still be legally bound by the law and prevent intimidation and injustice during a break up. Currently, there is no legal contract or law that prevents one member of the relationship simply walking out, and possessions are not shared in any way. ...read more.

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Surely if a new law is made for cohabitation, it would just quickly become an alternative for marriage. All we would be doing is forcing people into a commitment that some people will not want. Couples will be told that if they want to live together, that they now must abide by these new cohabitation laws. Then in contrast, if the cohabitation law does become a voluntary document; in no time at all it will be exactly like a marriage but without the ceremony. The However, if couples are not willing to declare their commitment and love for each other publically and with a legal document; why should they both enjoy the benefits and rights that marriage offers? ...read more.

Conclusion

An introduction of cohabitee?s rights would undermine the significance and institution of a marriage. With no ?real? commitments or ceremony, what?s to stop gold diggers moving in with rich men and profiting. Yes, people can be drastically affected by cohabitation break ups and can often be left with very little ? but they have a choice which they chose to make. How can a cohabite claim rights when they didn?t enter any commitment. New cohabitees would only cause more malice, greed an injustice than it would ever recover in integrity. If a couple are not willing to enter a marriage together; and confirm their relationship in a legal written document, why should they enjoy the security and benefits of marriage. We are living in a changing world where marriage is no longer a religious ceremony, but a public, legal declaration of love and unity. ...read more.

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