Why government failure to act leaves millions of unmarried couples in the cold

Following the government’s disgraceful refusal to support the millions of unmarried couples and their children who separate, Jones Myers  is launching a campaign to help protect them.   

As a firm of experienced team of family and divorce lawyers – which is consistently described as a ‘leader in the field’ by legal guides Chambers and Legal 500 – Jones Myers has been a vociferous campaigner of the rights of cohabitating couples for many years.

In our opinion, the rejection by the government to take forward the Law Commission’s recommendations to give unmarried couples financial rights – is an abomination and an outrageous dereliction of duty.

There are approximately 2.3 million couples living together in the UK who are not married. By 2031, it is predicted that this will increase to 25 per cent of all couples – and yet none of those couples have any rights to capital or money on breaking up.

The justice minister Jonathan Djanogly has said the government is keen to increase mediation in lieu of reform but we dismiss his words as ‘absurd’ as there is no basis for mediation if unmarried couples do not have any rights.

We are now calling on couples who feel vulnerable and left out in the cold following the government’s decision to write to their local MP or contact our founder Peter Jones on 0113 246 0055 or email peter.jones@jonesmyers.co.uk.

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