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Why are long-term cohabiting couples not being given the same legal status as married couples?.


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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Best Answer Stephen J Parkin (Dressage Husband) says

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    Sally Gulbrandsen (sallybea) 2 years ago

    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.


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    Sally Gulbrandsen (sallybea) 2 years ago

    Marie Flint,

    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:)

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    Sally Gulbrandsen (sallybea) 2 years ago

    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.


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    dashingscorpio 2 years ago

    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.


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    Sally Gulbrandsen (sallybea) 2 years ago

    Perhaps they should be considered common law partners and have the same rights as other married couples.