Tom Quail: Change to cohabitation laws on the horizon

In 2006, the law in Scotland changed to provide a greater level of protection to unmarried, cohabiting couples. The new legislation was welcomed and seen as a positive step forward by many; 15 years on, there is a great deal of debate around whether the law is still fit for purpose, writes Tom Quail.

Published 30 March 2021

Extra issue identified by Faculty for cohabitation review

An addition to a discussion paper on cohabitation has been put forward by the Faculty of Advocates.

Published 24 June 2020

Kate Dowdalls QC on Scottish Law Commission’s cohabitation proposals

Kate Dowdalls QC discusses the Scottish Law Commission's Cohabitation Discussion Paper in a new video. The commission welcomes responses to the paper.

Published 27 March 2020

Scottish Law Commission seeks views on improving cohabitation regime

The Scottish Law Commission has published a discussion paper reviewing cohabitation law in Scotland.

Published 26 February 2020

Law Society calls for reform of ‘problematic and disadvantageous’ cohabitation law

The laws on cohabitation in Scotland are problematic and disadvantageous to vulnerable and grieving people, according to a report by the Law Society of Scotland.

Published 5 March 2019