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How do unmarried couples’ rights differ?
Matters become trickier when looking at unmarried couples’ rights. This is because there is no rule to provide for the other partner. However, this is where Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 (“Schedule 1 CA 1989”) becomes applicable.
Under Schedule 1 CA 1989, the definition of a parent includes:
- Biological parents
- Parents by operation of law (i.e. adoption)
- Any party to a marriage or civil partnership (including step-parents)
A parent (the applicant) can apply to the Family Court for financial orders to assist them in caring for their child.
The orders available to parties are lump sum, property, periodical payments and secured periodical payments.