Written evidence from Robin Little [HAB0118]
When people marry, they commit themselves to each other for life, for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, for richer, for poorer. They become one unit and work together for mutual benefit. It doesn’t always work but mostly does and the legal framework makes divorce and its settlements suitable for the benefit for children.
There is already an alternative, a Legal Partnership. Another grouping is not required for people who are too selfish or irresponsible to choose to make a commitment. Cohabitation is a choice, not a disability for which allowance has to be made.
The stability of marriage gives health benefits to both persons because they are secure in their marriage. These benefits are in both physical and mental health.
Benefitting cohabitation will only serve to increase its occurrence with less children being fully cared for by committed parents.