Cohabitation should be regularised by law

Press Release: 13/11/07
Stqarrija Stampa: 13/11/07
(Verzjonijiet bl-Ingliz)

 

 

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Cohabitation should be regularised by law

Zminijietna – Voice of the Left welcomed the inclusion of partners in cohabitation as eligible applicants for social housing, as a positive move towards social inclusion. Zminijietna said that however, a legal framework should be instituted as cohabitation is not recognized by law. Therefore, cohabitation should be recognised by Maltese law in view of the various anomalies and unnecessary hardships created to partners in this status.

Zminijietna said

“As in other societies, there are various forms of cohabitation in Malta, for various situational and cultural reasons. Yet, to the contrary of other societies, many couples who live in cohabitation are in this situation because of the absence of divorce. Many would like to marry yet are not permitted to do so if at least one of them would be separated from a previous marriage. Thus, whilst many separated people believe in marriage they are denied the basic right to marry”.

“This situation is creating various anomalies and hardships. Partners cannot regularise their situation and there is no legal framework which gives them rights and obligations towards each other. This is evident in areas such as property, taxation and income maintenance.  The current situation is therefore discriminatory, and is very different from what has been described by certain opinion-makers who seem to have no idea of the reality of thousands of people”.

Michael Briguglio
Public Relations Officer
Zminijietna – Voice of the Left

 

Il-Koabitazzjoni ghandha tkun regolata bil-ligi

Zminijietna – Lehen ix-Xellug laqghet l-inkluzjoni ta’ koppji li jikkoabitaw bhala applikanti elegibbli ghall-housing socjali, bhala pass lejn iktar inkluzjoni socjali. Zminijietna qalet li madankollu, hemm bzonn qafas legali ghax il-koabitazzjoni m’hijiex regolata bil-ligi. Ghalhekk, il-koabitazzjoni ghandha tkun rikonoxxuta bil-ligi ta’ Malta minhabba li jezistu numru ta’ anomaliji u diffikultajiet ghal koppji f’dan l-istat.

Zminijietna qalet

“Bhal f’socjetajiet ohra, jezistu forom differenti ta’ koabitazzjoni f’Malta, ghal ragunijiet kemm ta’ sitwazzjonijiet reali kif ukoll ragunijiet kulturali. Izda, ghal kuntrarju ta’ socjetajiet ohra, hafna kopji li jghixu fi stat ta’ koabitazzjoni qeghdin f’din is-sitwazzjoni minhabba l-assenza tad-divorzju. Hafna jixtiequ jizzewgu izda m’humiex permessi jaghmlu dan jekk mill-inqas wiehed jew wahda minnhom tkun separata minn zwieg precedenti. Ghalhekk filwaqt li hafna nies separati jemmnu fiz-zwieg, huma qed jigu mcahhda mid-dritt baziku li jizzewgu”.

“Din is-sitwazzjoni qed iggib maghha hafna anomaliji u diffikultajiet. Koppji ma jistawx jirregolizzaw is-sitwazzjoni taghhom u m’hemm l’ebda qafas legali li jtihom drittijiet u obligazzjonijiet lejn xulxin. Din hi evidenti f’oqsma bhall-propjeta’, taxxazzjoni u manteniment. Ghalhekk, din is-sitwazzjoni hi diskmriminatorja u hi differenti hafna minn dak li qed jghidu xi opinjoniist li jidhru li m’ghandhomx idea dwar ir-realta’ ta’ eluf ta’ nies”.



Michael Briguglio
Ufficjal Relazjonijiet Publici
Zminijietna Lehen ix-Xellug

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