More Rights for Long-Term Cohabiting Couples

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Rachel McAdam
3 years ago
I have been in a non-married relationship for over 35yrs and we have three children. Long-term co-habiting couples need more rights.

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Jacob Hooson
3 years ago
That's pretty tough, I see no reason why just because you don't tie yourself down you should be punished when your SO dies

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Victoria Turner
3 years ago
Families have changed. People live in partnerships that endure but we still treat these relationships as second class to marriage both in terms of what people are entitled to on death and duty they pay on assets. It's time to move change our legislation to reflect society today.

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Kathryn Whitfield
3 years ago
My partner and I were together 9 years - I had no rights at all when he was hit and killed by a truck.

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Lindsay Watson
3 years ago
It’s completely unfair that long term co-habitation stands for nothing in terms of inheritance and benefits following the death of a partner.

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Louise Dawson
3 years ago
I believe in cohabitation rights

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Colleen Harding
3 years ago
My partner and I were together for just over ten years, we had bought our first house together and had moved to a new house a little over a year before he died very suddenly and unexpectedly. The house was in only his name for financial reasons. But of course we both paid for our mortgage and bills together for our 9 years living together. To find out after his death that I mean so little legally is demoralizing and cruel, when already going through something that most people would never imagine having to go through so relatively young.

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Carolina Thorbert
3 years ago
My Icelandic partner and I were cohabiting for eight years in London and planning to get married, when he died suddenly and completely unexpectedly from SADS, two years ago. The fact that I was not considered his next of kin has made the process more painful and complicated than if I would have been allowed that title. All signatures and decisions had to be made by his mother who was both traumatised and unaware of procedures in the UK, as she lives in Iceland. We had no help, and in fact were met with a lot of hostility from the Coroner’s office to some extent due to our situation. It’s extremely unfair to penalise people who wait with marriage until they can afford it, feel ready for it or wait for any other reason.
In a modern society, when you can confirm your identity by presenting a few bills, it should really be possible to confirm a relationship through paperwork or witness statements. My grieving process has been made more painful and resulted in decreased ability to work due to the treatment by the authorities based on us not being married.

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Sarah Newey
3 years ago
I am in the same position and it is horrible :(