Cohabitation

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on cohabitation. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

DateDescription
13.07.2016Sources of Statistics: Vital Statistics (Population, Demography and Health)
This introductory guide provides sources of statistics on Vital Statistics (population, demography and health).
09.02.2016"Common law marriage" and cohabitation
The Commons Library has published a briefing paper which provides general information about the number of cohabiting couples, how the law applies to cohabitants, and about the Law Commission's proposals for reform.
07.09.2004Civil Partnership Bill (HL) (Bill 132 of 2003/04)
The Civil Partnership Bill (HL) (Bill 132 of 2003/04): background and debate. House of Commons Library Research Paper 04/64.
19.03.2002Relationships (Civil Registration) Bill and Civil Partnerships Bill (HL) (Bill 36 and HL Bill 41 of 2001-02)
Relationships (Civil Registration) Bill and Civil Partnerships Bill (HL) (Bill 36 and HL Bill 41 of 2001/02). House of Commons Library Research Paper 02/17

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
29.01.2009LAW RELATING TO UNMARRIED COUPLES
That this House believes that the law relating to unmarried couples is in urgent need of reform because there is little or no legal protection for cohabitants on relationship breakdown; ...
29.01.2009LAW RELATING TO UNMARRIED COUPLES
That this House believes that the law relating to unmarried couples is in urgent need of reform because there is little or no legal protection for cohabitants on relationship breakdown; ...
29.01.2009LAW RELATING TO UNMARRIED COUPLES
That this House believes that the law relating to unmarried couples is in urgent need of reform because there is little or no legal protection for cohabitants on relationship breakdown; ...

Glossary

  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses