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Anonymous Posts: 24542
Myself and my OH aren't married and were wondering what rights we'll have as a couple and as new parents....baby due in Sept. I really dont want to put Single on any forms, as I definately am not single....but what do u do? My OH is unemployed at the mo so will that have anything to do with it??
mammybean Posts: 10364
how do you mean? are you talking about how it will relate to anything in paricular? pm if you dont want t give out too much. we were not married when we had ur first either
Anonymous Posts: 24542
Just wondering about benefits...one of my friends said that because i'm "single" i'll get more maternity benefits....and tax allowance....and a pram!! I don't want to put single down tho cos have a partner...getting loadsa advice but no one else in the same boat as me!
theoracle Posts: 7664
I think she probably meant the lone/single parent allowance, but you only qualify for that if you are genuinely on your own ie not co-habiting either. Your best bet is to speak to somebody at citizens information, they will know what your entitlements are. I was in UK when we had dd1 (not married) but was not claiming anything except child benefit.
sucabo Posts: 324
Hey vodafone. Think there might be some things that a lone parent can apply for but that wouldn't apply to you as you wouldn't be a lone parent. We weren't married when we had our first. We had to both go to register the birth so he could be on the birth cert whereas anyone who was married was able to register in the hospital. And I had to get him to sign the passport form and come with me to get photos signed for dd's passport...think if we had been married I could have done it all myself. Other than that I can't think of anything!
mammybean Posts: 10364
yu only get the lone parents allowance if you are a lone parent. i know some people call it unmarried mothers benefit or something but if you are a couple you wont get it. as fr the pram etc you can get an allowance for this if you are both not working
Forgottenpassword Posts: 1078
Are you working yourself at the moment? Do you live together? Your best bet would be citizens advice, but, to be honest if you are living together as a couple and are having a baby then your rights would not be much different to a married couple. Your partner though will not have any automatic rights to the child, so that is something you need to be aware of. FP
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Boomerang Gal Posts: 714
Unmarried dads have no rights whatsoever which is pretty crappy. It's something you need to be aware of and you would need to speak to your parents because if anything happened you - your child would automatically go to your next of kin if you are not married to the father unless you have stated otherwise.