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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): The Rights of Cohabiting Partners

Women and Equalities Committee
The Rights of Cohabiting Partners

Wednesday 1 December 2021

Start times: 2.00pm (private) 2.15pm (public)


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Evidence session: Legal rights of cohabiting partners

The House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee is to hold the third evidence session of its inquiry into The Rights of Cohabiting Partners. In this session, the Committee will hear from family barristers, examining the practical challenges of reforming cohabitation law. The session will also consider concerns about extending legal rights to cohabiting partners.   

Likely areas of questioning  

Topics are likely to include how far legal rights and responsibilities should be granted to cohabitating partners, especially those with children, as well as how to best ensure cohabitants can opt-out of a new law should they choose. The session will also look at the challenges of defining a cohabiting relationship, and associated qualifying criteria. 

Meeting details

At 2.15pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry The Rights of Cohabiting Partners
Barrister at Parklane Plowden Chambers, Leeds; Member of the Family Law Bar Association National Committee
Queen's Counsel at Coram Chambers and Member of the Family Law Bar Association National Committee
At 3.15pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry The Rights of Cohabiting Partners
Research Director at Marriage Foundation

Location

The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

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