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:
Domiciliary Care Allowance:
your One-Parent Family Payment may continue until the child you are getting the Domiciliary Care Allowance for turns 16 or your youngest child turns 7, whichever is later
your One-Parent Family Payment may continue until your youngest child turns 16
your One-Parent Family Payment may continue until your youngest child turns 16 or until your Carer’s Allowance stops, whichever is earlier
Recent Bereavement: if your spouse or civil partner has died, you can claim One-Parent Family Payment for up to two years after the date of death or until your youngest child turns 18, whichever is earlier
How to qualify
To qualify for One-Parent Family Payment, you must:
be under 66
be the parent, step-parent, adoptive parent or legal guardian of a relevant child (this means a child under the relevant age limit)
be the main carer of at least one relevant child. The child must live with you. You cannot get One-Parent Family Payment if you have joint equal custody of a child or children
satisfy a means test
not be living with a spouse, civil partner or cohabitant
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.
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.
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 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.
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:
has been in custody for at least six months without being sentenced
starts their sentence, which must be for a term of at least six months