Married or a registered partner
The basic principle is clear: a partner is the person whom you are married to or with whom you have a registered partnership. However, there are, of course, also situations that do not constitute a marriage or a registered partnership. In that case, it depends on whether you reside at the same address with someone. That person is then normally regarded as your partner. You cannot have more than one partner.
A person you cohabit with is regarded as your partner if:
- you have a notarial cohabitation contract
- you have a child together or you have acknowledged the other person's child
- you are deemed each other's partners under a pension scheme
- you own a house together
- you are each other's fiscal partners
- an underage child of which you or the partner is the parent resides with you. In this situation, you are not regarded as each other's partner if one of you rents part of the home from the other on the basis of a written agreement.
Cohabiting with your parent or child
Do you cohabit with one of your parents or your son or daughter? This family member is regarded as your partner only if you are both over the age of 27 and if one of the situations listed under 'Cohabiting' applies to you.
If you can demonstrate you are going to separate and you no longer reside at the same address, you are no longer regarded as each other's partner. When you are admitted to a care home or a nursing home, you are still regarded as a partner.