I write with reference to Linda Hunter’s letter (3 September).

I have never understood why a couple who make a deliberate decision not to get married – and to enjoy the ‘benefits’ of a no-strings relationship which either one is free to walk away from at will – should then, when things go wrong, come running to the law expecting to be treated as a married couple and to be awarded all the benefits and protection that goes with it.

Where is the logic in that? You can’t have it both ways.

Peter Bolwell, Hastings