When are you considered to be living with a partner?If you and your partner share a house but not the household costs, in some cases, the SVB will still treat you as living with a partner.
Living with a partner
- You and your partner separated or got divorced, but started living in the same house again within 2 years of the separation/divorce.
- You receive a pension or benefit from the SVB at the rate for someone who lives with a partner.
- You and your partner have a child together.
You and your partner have a cohabitation agreement that states that you both contribute to the household expenses.
Not living with a partnerThe SVB does not consider you to be living with a partner if you share a house with:
- your own (or your adopted) children;
- foster children of yours under 18;
- your mother or father;
- someone who is staying with you for less than 6 months;
- someone you started living with in order to give or receive extensive care;
more than one adult housemate.