Life insurance for your family

16 September 2020

There are different types of life insurance that can help protect your family. Here, we take a look at some of the various stages of life where a family life insurance plan could help protect your nearest and dearest.

Who needs family life insurance?

Getting married and having children tend to be the biggest triggers in making life insurance decisions, so it’s not uncommon for people to only seriously consider life insurance once they have a family. But which product is right for you? There are countless UK family life insurance policies, but rather than wade through different policies, you should start by considering your own life situation.

We've profiled some examples of family set-ups below and how life insurance could benefit them.

Young families

If you’re thinking about having a baby, or you’ve just become a parent, family life insurance is definitely something you'll want to consider. Life as a parent means you’re faced with a whole new set of responsibilities and financial considerations. Suddenly, you’re responsible for another person; someone who completely relies on you, well, for everything! If something happened to you or your partner, would the other parent cope with the financial consequences alone?

Life Insurance gives you much needed peace of mind knowing that if you were to die while you're covered by the policy, it could pay out a cash sum. It could be used to help protect your family's lifestyle and everyday living expenses or help to pay the mortgage (interest only).

If you can stretch your monthly budget a little further, it might be worth looking into Critical Illness Cover too. It’s an option that can be added for an extra cost when you take out our Life Insurance or Decreasing Life Insurance, and could help minimise the financial impact on you and your family if you were to become critically ill. Children’s Critical Illness Cover is automatically included, which could offer some financial relief during a difficult time.

Families with older children

As your children grow up, the chances are they’ll have hobbies outside of school and the home. Depending on your cover amount, life insurance could help towards protecting the mortgage, as well as helping to meet the ongoing costs your family incur. This can include hobbies – from horse riding to dance classes – to educational costs like private tutoring and school fees. In your wider family, a cash sum could also help meet an elderly parent’s care needs if they are financially dependent on you.

Single parents

If you are the sole breadwinner and financial provider for your young brood, that can be a big responsibility. It's horrible to have to think about it, but have you considered who would look after your dependents and what financial support would they need if you were to die? Our Life insurance can give you peace of mind knowing your children could be cared for financially if the worst were to happen to you, while you're covered by the policy. It could pay out a cash sum to your beneficiaries to help them as they grow up.

New couples

Let’s face it – life insurance is not the best topic of conversation on a first date, but as a relationship progresses and you decide to move in together, there’s no reason why you can’t consider a single or joint life insurance policy. This could be important if you need both incomes to pay the bills. Single life insurance covers one person, whereas joint life insurance covers you and your partner. It’s important to note that a joint life insurance policy pays out when the first person dies, after which the cover ends. In contrast, two single polices will pay out upon each death, and gives you peace of mind knowing that should the relationship break down, your cover remains intact.


If you’ve just secured your first home – congratulations. You may feel that all your money has been spent on mortgage fees, solicitors, estate agents and perhaps all those essential – and non-essential – renovations. So adding life insurance at this point can feel like one headache too many, right? While no one likes extra monthly costs, ask yourself if you or your partner could afford to stay in your home if one of you were to die without financial protection.

If you have a repayment mortgage, one option could be Decreasing Life Insurance, where the amount of cover reduces roughly in line with the way a repayment mortgage decreases. Or if you have an interest only mortgage or simply want to financially protect your loved ones, Life Insurance could be a better option for you.

A summary of the benefits of getting life insurance for your family

Some things in life simply aren’t worth worrying about. Like millions of parents, making sure your family are protected is no doubt your number one priority. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Premiums from only £6 a month depending on your individual circumstances
  • Your cash sum could help pay the mortgage, rent or help with everyday living expenses
  • Peace of mind for you knowing life insurance can help financially protect your loved ones
  • Option to add Critical Illness Cover for an additional cost when you take out your policy

Help protect your family’s financial future

From Life Insurance to Critical Illness Cover, Legal & General offers various life insurance plans for you and your family. Whatever your family’s circumstances, there’s never a bad time to put you and your loved one’s security first.

Remember – life insurance is not a savings or investment product and has no cash value unless a valid claim is made.

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