There’s been a lot of discussion about introducing cohabitation rights for unmarried couples this week.
Now it appears as though some people are wondering whether marriage is worth the bother.
One such person is Telegraph journalist Radhika Sanghani, who wondered in a very interesting article if there is really any point to marriage. Something I was happy to talk to her about.
Surely, she asks, if cohabitation rights are introduced, there will no longer be an incentive to get married for people who don’t wish to go through a lavish ceremony?
Not so fast.
If such laws were introduced, it wouldn’t equate the remits of divorce with cohabitation.
In other words, you wouldn’t be able to get a divorce-style settlement which meets needs. The best would be some sort of redress for economic imbalance.
Marriage is the gold standard, I told her, and there is no question it is financially safer.
Lots of couples tend to cohabit and they don’t realise that cohabitation doesn’t create a legal relationship in the same way marriage does.
That being said, I cautioned against marrying too young.
In my experience people change the most between 20 and 30 in terms of personality, career and maturity. People who get married very young may be destined for divorce because of changes in their partner that they no longer find attractive.
Read the full article here.