Bereavement benefits for unmarried couples
A recent court case could result in a change in the rules on bereavement benefits. A mother who lived with her partner was told that she didn’t qualify for bereavement benefits for their children after he died. At the moment, you’re only entitled to bereavement benefits if you’re married or in a civil partnership.
The court ruling said this wasn’t fair to her
children. It doesn’t mean the government has to change the rules, but it may choose to. However, couples who live together may be losing out in other ways. For example, many don’t realise that there’s no automatic right for one partner to inherit the other’s money or property when they die – the only way to inherit would be to go to court.
If you live with your partner, it’s well worth having a Will drawn up.