Written evidence submitted by Mr John Youde [HAB0070]

 

Key questions for the inquiry are:

 

  1. Should there be a legal definition of cohabitation and, if so, what should it be?
  2. What legislative changes, if any, are needed to better protect the rights of cohabiting partners in the event of death or separation?
  3. What equalities issues are raised by the lack of legal protection for those in cohabiting relationships?
  4. Should legal changes be made to better provide for the children of cohabiting partners?
  5. Should cohabiting partners have the same rights as those who are married or in a civil partnership?
  6. Are there examples of good practice in relation to the rights of cohabiting partners in the UK or internationally that the Government should seek emulate in England and Wales?

 

My Answers to questions above which I have numbered for clarity are as follows: -

  1. There should be no cohabitation. You either get Married and live together have children and bring them up in a stable relationship forever and you would be entitled to any benefits that are allowed, or you live with someone without being married and get nothing.
  2. That is their problem, they should not be entitled to any rights as it is easier for them to leave their partner as and when they like even if there are children involved and not have to worry about the divorce laws and the money it costs which married couples would have to endure should they not want to stay married. Unfortunately, if cohabitating couple are not married and their partner dies then again, it’s sad, but so be it, they should not be entitled to anything. (Get Married is the Answer)
  3. There are no equality issues. Get Married is the answer and they will then be protected.
  4. Those that are not Married should not have Children out of Wedlock, However, if Children are born, because, by accident or someone is raped and through this a child is born and they meet someone who really loves them. Then they must get MARRIED. Simple as that!
  5. NO. I believe as a Christian and someone who lives in a Christian Country, headed by Queen Elizabeth II and the Bible points out that we should all be living a normal way of life and if we love someone, then the only way to commit that Love is to get Married. Therefore, Civil Partnerships and Cohabitating Partnerships should all be Married to gain any credence from the laws of this land, in particular the Bible says Marriage should be between one Man and one Woman ONLY.
  6. NO, THEY SHOULD JUST GET MARRIED, and we would not have all this nonsense that you are promoting which would probably cost our nation in the region of £50bn per year to implement. The overriding factor is that Politicians and those people involved in trying to implement this stuff, should promote marriage as a way of life for our nation, not find new ways to bypass it. And if people freely choose not to marry, why should the law treat them as if they were married. Again, Marriage promotes stability for society and for the upbringing of our children. That is why marriage has a legal status in our Country and certainly and greatly benefits adults and children in a way of life that is secure.

June 2021