Unmarried cohabiting parents to benefit from bereavement benefits

A bereavement can be a difficult time for most.

11 Apr 2023

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Hazara Patel

Hazara Patel

On the one hand, mourning the loss of a loved one is a sensitive time but unfortunately for many, it can also result in concerns as to how they will continue to manage their day-to-day expenses.

Given the current cost of living, it has made it increasingly difficult for many to balance expenses. However, as of 9th February 2023, the Government has extended the assistance it’s offering in relation to Bereavement Support Payments and Widowed Parent’s Allowance.

Full details of the eligibility criteria can be found on the government website:

Bereavement benefits extended to unmarried cohabiting parents – GOV.UK (

M&P Commentary

Hazara Patel, a Solicitor in our Wills & Probate department, said:

“Cohabiting parents with dependent children who need help following the death of their partner will be able to benefit from these new changes. Prior to it was only offered to parents who were either married or in a civil partnership.

The updated rules provide welcome relief to many families.  Now people in different kinds of relationships can benefit, rather than just a select few.”


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