Committee (1st Day)

Part of Cohabitation Bill [HL] – in the House of Lords at 6:00 pm on 30th April 2009.

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Photo of Baroness Butler-Sloss Baroness Butler-Sloss Crossbench 6:00 pm, 30th April 2009

I wonder if I would be forgiven for saying that the current law in relation to footballers' wives comes under the Matrimonial Causes Act. The House of Lords has made it clear that the phrase "reasonable needs" is no longer appropriate between spouses. The words "reasonable needs", which used to be the law between husbands and wives, is no longer the law between them. That is why the phrase is in the Bill. It takes us back to a situation where a moderate sum is paid, not a footballer's wife large sum. They come under House of Lords decisions, which are a completely different state of law.