Should you get Life Insurance as a couple?

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If you’ve recently settled down with your partner, you may be in the process of sorting out your shared finances and general life admin. And if you’re like a lot of Aussie couples, this might include looking at your life insurance options.

When you’re young, it’s hard to picture anything going wrong. But unfortunate events can strike at any time — which is why Life Insurance is worth considering. The right policy can help you cover expenses if your partner passes away or is diagnosed with a terminal illness. 


Should you consider a joint or single Life Insurance policy? 

Single policy

A single Life Insurance policy only covers the person who is the sole owner of the policy. As a couple, you have the option of naming each other as beneficiaries on your own respective policies. 

If you decide to nominate your partner as the only beneficiary of your policy, in the event of your passing, your partner would receive your benefit — but in the event of terminal illness, the benefit would be paid out to you alone. 


Joint policy 

Joint Life Insurance (sometimes also called multi-life insurance) covers two people under one policy. Both married and de facto couples can take out a joint policy. The sum insured amount  for each partner (up to $1.5 million per life insured, subject to eligibility criteria) can be different, if desired. 

If your partner passed away, you’d receive the benefit, and vice versa. The ownership of the policy will typically go to the surviving partner and then operate as a single Life Insurance policy. 

When choosing between a single or joint life policy, it is important to consider what suits your lifestyle and financial obligations. A joint Life Insurance policy can help couples keep things simple, and may be cheaper than taking out two single policies. With AAMI Life Insurance, you can get a 5% discount on the youngest life insured, if opting for a multi-life policy. 


What should you look for when choosing life insurance?

Think about:

  • what’s covered
  • what’s not covered
  • how much you might receive after making a claim
  • what the premiums will cost now as well as in the future, and  
  • what the process is for increasing your cover.

At AAMI, we know that couples go through plenty of life changes. You may be in the process of purchasing your first home, planning a wedding or even expecting a baby, which is why AAMI Life Insurance allows you to change your policy to suit your lifestyle. In fact, you can change your level of cover by up to $100,000 without going through the underwriting process again or providing us with new medical information.

AAMI Life Insurance offers coverage up to $1.5 million and up to $10,000 advance payments upon death. Plus, if you’re an existing AAMI customer, you can receive a 5% discount on your Life Insurance policy.

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