New financial rights for cohabiting couples are set to be debated at the Liberal Democrat autumn conference in Glasgow.
Under the proposals, partners who have lived together for two years would gain the right to make a financial claim, with the amount eventually awarded reflecting any financial losses they incurred as a result of the relationship – for example, giving up a job.
Currently, couples who live together without marrying have few legal rights when they separate.
The plans have attracted the support of the party’s leadership, The Independent reports. A recent poll of MPs suggests around 60 support from all parties would also support reform to cohabitation law.
Proponents of the measure have also called for legal changes to intestacy law protecting cohabitants if their partner dies without leaving a will.
Party members are set to debate the measure at the biannual Liberal Democrat party conference on Monday.