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Living together/cohabitation

Bereavement Benefits for Unmarried Partners

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Co-habitation has once again come under the spotlight with the recent Supreme Court decision that denying bereavement benefits to unmarried, cohabiting partners with children is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). The case – An application by Siobhan McLaughlin for Judicial Review (Northern Ireland) [2018] UKSC 48 – centred around the widowed parent’s allowance (‘WPA’) – a contributory, non-means-tested benefit payable to men and women with dependent children who were widowed before March 2017. Ms McLaughlin’s partner, John Adams, died on 28 January 2014. They had lived together for 23 years and had four children. In accordance…

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Lack of rights for cohabitees is failing 3.3m families, Says Resolution

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This week we are fully supporting Resolution’s Cohabitation Awareness Raising Week. Resolution’s drive to generate greater awareness around cohabitation follows the recent release from the Office of National Statistics of its Families and Households in the UK 2017 report. The report reveals that there are now 3.3 million cohabiting families in the UK. With one in six couples currently cohabiting, this is the fastest growing family type of the study. The number of cohabiting couples has doubled over the last twenty years and is expected to rise to one in four over the next two decades. Resolution has responded to the ONS figures by…

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Step forward, cohabitants

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This week we’ve seen the law make a significant move towards better recognition of the modern family. The Supreme Court has recognised the right of someone who shared a home and life with a worker to claim a pension after their partner’s death on the same terms as if they had been married. You can click here for the full judgment. The claimant, Denise Brewster, lived with her partner William McMullan for ten years. On Christmas Eve 2009, they became engaged, but tragically William died just two days later. At the time of his death, William had been working for…

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Not getting married

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According to the Office of National Statistics this week, the number of cohabiting couples has more than doubled in the last 20 years, from 1.5m in 1996 to 3.3m in 2016. Cohabiting couple families now make up 17% of all families in the UK. What are the implications of this? The fundamental difference between marriage and cohabitation is that when you get married, you know that there is a legal framework around what would happen if you were to split up: the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 kicks in to regulate your divorce and any financial arrangements that need to be made…

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