Ben Stowe was invited by radio host Shelagh Fogarty to join her in the LBC discussion following on from Boris Johnson’s Roman Catholic nuptials in Westminster Cathedral over the weekend.
The topic was the institution of marriage and Ben commented from his viewpoint as a Family Lawyer that he felt that marriage is important, even in a modern society, but there needs to be a framework in place to manage the breakdown. Ben highlighted that we need to recognise that marriage is not necessarily lifelong and be able to deal properly with the consequences of breakdown. He emphasised how crucially important it is for people to ensure that the religious marriage and divorce runs in parallel to the civil process.
Ben concluded with a plea for the ‘forgotten’ group in society who lack the necessary legal protections that come with marriage – that of cohabiting couples