Deborah Jeff comments in the Financial Times01 Dec 2017 // In the press
Head of Family, Deborah Jeff, comments on a landmark case for unmarried couples
Partner and Head of Family, Deborah Jeff, commented in the Financial Times today on a landmark decision for unmarried couples in the Court of Appeal.
A women took the government to court on the grounds of breaching her human rights and discriminating against her, after she was denied bereavement damages for her partner of 16 years because they were unmarried when he died. This week the Court of Appeal upheld her challenge.
Deborah commented: “This is another example of how the law is at last catching up on how we are living our family lives. Whilst historically, only married couples were recognised as ‘committed’ relationships to be compensated for in these circumstances, civil partners thankfully followed with such recognition and now we are catching up once more for those living together.”
She said there are many reasons — often of a highly personal nature — why those living together choose not to marry or enter a civil partnership. “That should not undermine the strength of the relationship in law, nor should it allow discrimination,” she added. “These are very welcome developments towards a modern family law.”