One-Parent Family Payment is a payment of €203 a week to men and women under 66 who are not cohabiting.
You will stop getting One-Parent Family Payment when your youngest child turns 7.
There are exceptions to this:
To qualify for a One-Parent Family Payment, you must meet these conditions:
If you are separated, divorced or your civil partnership is dissolved, you must have been living apart for at least three months before you apply for One-Parent Family Payment. You may be required to make efforts to seek maintenance from your former partner.
The maximum rate of One-Parent Family Payment is €203 a week, plus the rate for for any qualified child(ren) .
Widowed or a surviving civil partner
If you are widowed or a surviving civil partner, you should apply within three months of your spouse’s or civil partner’s death.
If you are single, you should apply within three months of the birth of your child.
Separated, divorced or no longer in a civil partnership
If you are separated, divorced or no longer in a civil partnership, you must have been living apart for three months. You should apply within three to six months of the date you separated from your spouse or civil partner.
Prisoner’s spouse or civil partner
If you are a prisoner’s spouse or civil partner, you should apply when your spouse or civil partner:
To apply, fill in the form below and return it and any supporting documents to your local Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Branch Office.
Operational guidelines describe the processes and procedures that staff in the department follow when carrying out their work.