Legal

Unmarried cohabiting parents to benefit from bereavement benefits

A bereavement can be a difficult time for most.

11 Apr 2023

Team name
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 (www.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.”

OUR CLIENTS SAY ABOUT US

Ranked highly in Romford and Brentwood for solicitor firms

Family
The service I received from Allison was exceptional. Always highly professional and informative.
Virginia
Wills
Mullis and Peake are very efficient, professional and friendly company to deal with. Excellent service throughout.
Brian
Employment
Excellent, swift service from Esther at Mullis & Peake. Showed clear expertise in her field & walked me through everything patiently & thoroughly.
Dan
Company and Commercial
I found the service provided was excellent from start to finish, with our requirements met in a timely manner throughout.
Gary
Wills
Staff very helpful and friendly. Trudi was easy to talk to and to understand the procedure.
Pamela
Dispute resolution
We contacted Martyn to deal with a sensitive Will dispute and we can’t thank him enough for his commitment and hard work.
Salena
Residential Property
Very prompt. Experienced. Expert. Friendly.
Trevor
Commercial Property
Excellent service and far quicker than previous negotiations using a different solicitor.
John
Family
At all times I was kept informed about the progress of the case and everything was completed in a timely fashion.
Melanie
Personal Injury
Martyn undertook and guided me through the lengthy process [of a personal injury case], and after much work, achieved a successful result.
Shirley

Related News insights

Employment Advice, Employment Advice (For Business), Legal, Employment Disputes
Why employers need a reflective response to employee beliefs
Legal, Wills & Power of Attorney
Can an executor change a Will?
Movers & Shakers, Mullis & Peake
Saying Goodbye to Roger and Jenny
Commercial Property, Legal, Commercial Property Disputes
Amendments to the General Permitted Development Order