One-Parent Family Payment is a payment for parents under 66 who are not cohabiting, and whose youngest child is under 7.
You will stop getting One-Parent Family Payment when your youngest child turns 7.
There are exceptions to this:
To qualify for One-Parent Family Payment, you must:
If you are separated, divorced or your civil partnership is dissolved, you must be living apart for at least three months before you apply for One-Parent Family Payment.
The maximum rate of One-Parent Family Payment is €220 a week, plus the rate for any qualified child(ren).
A new statutory rental disregard of up to €269.23 per week (€14,000 per year) has been introduced and applies from the 12 July 2022, in respect of rental income from renting out a room(s) in your home to someone who is not an employee or an immediate family member. See the Means Assessment Operational Guidelines for more details.
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.
If you are separated, divorced or no longer in a civil partnership, you must be living apart for three months. You should apply within three to six months of the date you separated from your 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.
Application Form: Additional Child One-Parent Family Payment OFP38
Edition January 2023
Operational guidelines describe the processes and procedures that staff in the department follow when carrying out their work.