A Northern Irish woman, who was refused payments from her former partner’s pension, has won her battle in the UK Supreme Court as the five justices claimed that such refusal was unlawful. This victory marks a significant extension of the rights of unmarried cohabitants, and could affect the rights of millions of families across the UK.
Graeme Fraser, Partner in the Family department at Hunters Solicitors and Chair of Resolution’s Cohabitation Committee, commented on today’s Supreme Court ruling on cohabitee’s pensions:
“Today’s Supreme Court decision is highly significant for millions of unmarried couples in the UK in being placed on a fairer footing. It is hoped that this decision will pave the way for further recognition of their family rights and needs not only by the Courts but by Parliament.
“As the fastest growing family type in the UK, it’s crucial that these 3.3m cohabiting couples, alongside any children they may have, are provided considerably greater legal protection. Otherwise, as things stand, they are left vulnerable on the death of their partner or on relationship breakdown – hopefully today’s verdict paves the way for this to change.”