If the legislature was intending to follow the Court of Appeal decision in Walsh v. Bona it could simply have said that “widow and widower” included a survivor who had been living common law with the deceased and defined what common law partner meant. In relation to the TFMA, it did not. It chose to implement the registered domestic partnership scheme.
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