Bereavement benefits unmarried


Domestic partner benefits (also called DP benefits) are benefits given to unmarried couples (same-sex and different-sex) that give them some rights similar to married couples. Most of the information in this section is about domestic partner health benefits, one of the subjects we get asked about more than any other (now that health insurance has become one of the most concrete benefits of marriage). You’ll also find some information about “soft benefits” like bereavement leave and time off from work to care for an ill partner.

The Domestic Partner Benefits section includes:

Answers to your questions about how to get DP benefits, and what to do if your employer has a “gays-only” DP benefits policy and you’re a different-sex couple.

Information from the Partners Task Force for Gay & Lesbian Couples, including philosophy and provider information.

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