Cohabitation is the fastest growing family type in the UK so why is it that heterosexual couples, many of whom have lived faithfully together with their families for a lifetime are not being afforded the same legal status which married or same-sex relationships are currently being given. This cannot be right!
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I was referring to a state pension. If the male has paid in more than the 30 years contribution which is required to get a pension, his cohabiting partner cannot receive the additional years to top up her pension but a wife could.
I see why that would bother you it seems to me a case for the Court of Human Rights. It is definitely inequitable!
Stephen J Parkin,
I completely agree with you. This is about the same rights for all people regardless of whether they are married or not.
Nice to hear from you and yes I am sure you are right. It is comforting to know that there are people who think as you do and who inspire others to do the same..Definitely more ways to skin a cat was a favorite saying of my mother's:)
I find it very strange that the UK system lumps unmarried couples together when it comes to them claiming benefits but that unmarried couples cannot legally claim for instance, additional years one partner may have paid into a pension for the other.
My guess is the government is always going to look for ways to encourage marriage over cohabitating. The one exception to this has been with gay couples. However more countries are now legally allowing them to marry.
Which I probably why I find this so difficult. The laws should be equal for married or cohabiting people especially especially when they have children together. Half the population don't believe in marriage or even go to church.
The highest court in the land just made it possible for gay couples to get married.
Heterosexual couples have always had that right.
As a married heterosexual man who has lived with a few women I never wanted or sought legal benefits with them.
My point exactly, I think it is time that their rights were looked at in the light of gay and lesbian couples having more rights now than heterosexual couples and their offspring.
I don't see how gay people having the right to get married gives them more rights than heterosexual couples who have always had the right to get married.
My point is the vast majority of cohabitating straight couples (never wanted) legal status.
True but some heterosexual and cohabiting people have children and may wish to seek legal benefits such as a state pension through a partner who is deceased or who paid excess years in contributions. Only married people can claim these now.
Well, you've just spelled out why marriage is preferable over co-cohabiting. In the event of a death, you're basically up the creek. Marriage offers stabilization. I don't see what gays have to do with it. Now there is a level playing field for all.