My colleague recently showed me a rather unpleasant news article which involved a man who had murdered his mother, before trying to pawn off some of her property. Luckily, the law does not allow such people to inherit from their victim’s estate – they are regarded as ‘unworthy heirs’.
Recently, I have found many of my friends choosing to ‘move in’ with their respective partners for the first time in their lives. I’m sure you also have come across this trend at some point in your life too. It may have been a friend, a family member, or it may even be yourself!
The number of cohabiting families in the UK has almost doubled in the last twenty years. This may be explained by an increasing trend to cohabit rather than marry or cohabit for a period before marrying. Scotland led the way within the UK by introducing certain legal protections for cohabitants in 2006. This legislation was designed to protect cohabitants from unfair situations arising both in the event of separation or death.
The Law Society of Scotland has launched a four week consultation seeking the views of members and interested stakeholders on the law providing rights for cohabitants. The main issues to be discussed surround sections 28 and 29 of the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006.