Rights, notably social security benefits or residence, are the rights that accrue to an individual but which originate from and depend on her or his relationship with another person, usually a relationship of parenthood, marriage or cohabitation.


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Derived rights can be a crucial issue in the case of separation or divorce: to this end, some countries have introduced provisions on the splitting of pension rights. Survivors’ pensions are also an important resource for women, who have a higher life expectancy than men, and who may have given up their job to provide care and are therefore unable to qualify for pensions in their own right.