The Minister for Justice, Equality, and Governance Edward Zammit Lewis together with the Parliamentary Secretary for Equality and Reforms Rosianne Cutajar, addressed a news conference on the Cohabitation Act, which was discussed and passed in Parliament in recent weeks. This Act will give more rights and protect couples cohabiting, as they will be officially recognised, even without being married or in a civil union.
The Cohabitation Act, in addition to recognising couples who decide to cohabit, sets clear parameters on who can be recognised as a cohabitant, how to enter into a public act of cohabitation, and how the communion of cohabitation works.
The same Act will be improving on the 2017 Act. At that time, cohabitation was recognised, but there were a number of difficulties in the application of this Act. Thus this law will be replacing the 2017 Act, and whoever is legally bound by that Act by a unilateral contract or declaration, will remain bound by the same conditions, unless he chooses to change the link by a public act under the new law.
The Minister explained that this is a law agreed between everyone, even the Opposition, and so even in the work on this law, an example was given of how politics should be done.
Minister Zammit Lewis concluded by saying that this law is a link in all sorts of laws, and that work in this area will not stop, as the Government does not want second class citizens.
Parliamentary Secretary Rosianne Cutajar stressed that through this law, we will be recognising one form of cohabitation, which a couple enters through a simple procedure.
Further details on who may be a cohabitant, how to enter into a cohabitation act, and how the community of assets works can be obtained by accessing this link.