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Financial rights for marriage - style partners

01 August 2007

Under final recommendations by the Law Commission, unmarried couples who split will be given the right to make divorce-style claims, for financial support from their partners.

The Law Commission has concluded that couples with children, or those who have been living together for a suggested period of between two and five years, should be able to seek most of the same financial remedies as people going through a divorce.

Partners could possibly claim a share of a pension under the Law Commission's recommendation.

The Law Commission is an independent body which advises the Government on law reform.

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