The aim of the new act is to provide recourse for victims of the more insidious elements of a domestic abuse relationship which can be just as harmful as or even more harmful than physical abuse.
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.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife Mackenzie recently announced that they were separating after 25 years of marriage. The couple are estimated to be the wealthiest in the world, with Jeff worth $137 billion according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.