The Law Commission have previously recommended that Government review the law in relation to formation of marriages as it had highlighted some potential difficulties and complications with this.
Currently, how and where marriages can take place is tightly regulated. If procedure is not followed, this can mean that a marriage is not legally recognised. In some cases, the requirements put people off getting married, who then choose to cohabit instead.
I have previously commented on the risks of cohabitation insofar as the lack of legal protection and status this provides. Whilst Government is not prepared to review the law around marriage at this time, I sincerely hope they look to review the law regarding cohabitation.
If you are unsure as to your legal rights in respect of cohabitation or indeed marriage, please do get in touch.
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In December 2015 a scoping report from the Law Commission identified issues with the way marriages were conducted in England and Wales. It highlighted potential problems with how marriages are registered, what paperwork a couple must complete before their wedding takes place, who can conduct marriages, and where they can take place. The Justice Minister Dominic Raab has said in a letter – whilst acknowledging marriage as "one of our most important institutions" – that any opportunities for primary legislation will be focused on protecting the most vulnerable children and families at this time.