Same-sex couples are now treated the same as heterosexual couples when it comes to financial matters.
Some examples include:
Same-sex couples who live together are now treated as a couple for benefit claims. This is regardless of whether or not you are married or in a civil partnership.
Civil partners and spouses won’t pay inheritance tax on what their partner leaves to them as long as they are left the entire estate.
Inheritance and wills
Same-sex couples who are married or in a civil partnership have the same inheritance rights as heterosexual married couples. Remember that when you enter a civil partnership or get married this will cancel any existing wills and you will need to update them, although this is not the case in Scotland.
A civil partner or spouse can now take over a deceased partner’s tenancy.
Please see our free Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (PDF 340 KB) information guide for more detail on these issues, and also for more information about pensions.