Sonya Morsikova, executive editor of the news feed
According to surveys, Russian couples are gradually ceasing to consider the presence of a stamp in their passports as a necessary condition for starting a family (the number of marriages registered, for example, in 2016, has become the minimum over the past 20 years). Senator Anton Belyakov found, as it seems to him, a way out: he proposed equating cohabitation with "de facto marital relations." The initiative is designed to support couples who do not register their relationship for 5 years, as well as those who bring up a child in such a union (if there are children, the relationship will acquire an official status after two years of marriage). Thus, the same requirements will be presented to cohabitants as to couples who are officially married, and property jointly acquired within 2 or 5 years will be considered common.
The initiative requires improvement, but has already raised many questions (first of all, it is unclear how the existence of a “de facto marriage” will be proven in court). Elena Mizulina, the head of the Federation Council commission on improving the Family Code, called the "equalization" sabotage, which "will weaken the institution of marriage and family." What do you think? Should you equate cohabitation with marriage?