Constitution discriminates against non-married couples

A conference to be held on Wednesday in Dublin by "Cherish" the national association of single-parent families will hear how non-married couples find themselves in a legal no-man's land.

A conference to be held on Wednesday in Dublin by "Cherish" the national association of single-parent families will hear how non-married couples find themselves in a legal no-man's land.

The current law shows if the relationship between two people is not based on marriage, the law does not recognise that family as a family.

The law regards it as an assemblage of persons living in the same house.

Article 41 of the Constitution discriminates against non-married couples, unless couples choose to get married they have no legal protection.

Dr Fergus Ryan, a lecturer in family law at Trinity College says we are way behind other EU countries in this area.

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