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Getting married again and your finances

Remarriage and your finances

It’s a good idea to think about how you will manage your new financial and legal arrangements when marrying or starting a new civil partnership in later life. We recommend seeking advice from an Independent Financial Adviser. Read more on InformationNOW Getting advice about your finances.

Your benefits

Remarriage, civil partnership or living as a couple can affect your means-tested benefits due to the addition of your new partner’s income. You will need to inform your benefits office as soon as possible to let them know of the changes in your circumstances.

Your State Pension

If you remarry or register for a Civil Partnership after you have reached state pension age, you can use your ex-partner’s National Insurance record for your basic state pension. This will allow you to receive a higher rate of pension.

Widows, widowers and surviving civil partners who have reached state pension age can also inherit some or all of their late partner’s additional pension or graduated retirement benefit.

If you have your own private pension scheme and remarry or form a civil partnership, you may like to change the nominated beneficiary for your pension.

If you need more guidance about pensions contact Pension Wise, a free, impartial service.

Your will

If you marry again or form a new civil partnership, any existing wills that you have will be invalid. However, your will is still valid after a divorce or your civil partnership is dissolved.  Contact your solicitor to make any changes to your will or to create a new one.

Read more about wills on InformationNOW.

Last updated: September 1, 2020