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Child support when the child lives with you

Child support is money that is paid by the parent with whom the child does not live to the parent with whom the child lives. The child support is intended to be used for the child's housing, food and leisure interests.

How much must the other parent pay?

You must yourselves agree on the amount. You either reach an oral agreement or a written agreement. Use the manual calculator for child support to get an idea of what is reasonable to pay.

Calculate maintenance allowance (in Swedish)

Before you begin calculating:

  • Have last year's tax return for you and the other parent (if possible) on hand. You will need a lot of information to perform the calculation.
  • Make a list of your day-to-day expenses. Each year, the Swedish Consumer Agency compiles figures into a brochure in Swedish called “Koll på pengarna” [Keeping tabs on your money]. There, you will find compilations of expenses associated with children of various ages.
  • If you have several children, calculate the child support for one child at a time. It is not possible to calculate for multiple children simultaneously. So, make a note of the amount after each calculation and then add them together.
  • If possible, it is a good idea to do the calculation together with the other parent.
  • Do not interrupt the calculation and leave the computer for a long period of time. Otherwise, you may have to start over.

If you enter into an agreement

You either reach an oral agreement or a written agreement. If you want to enter into an agreement between the two of you, you can use the agreement template: 

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The agreement does not need to be sent to Försäkringskassan.

The child support is adjusted every year

The child support is adjusted every year to changes in the value of money. This means that the child support is most often increased by a few per cent on 1 February every year.

When should child support be paid?

Child support must be paid in advance every month. So, the support for December must be paid no later than 30 November.  

Child support must be paid beginning the month you move apart.

Do you need help?

You can book a personal web meeting with an administrator for help calculating child support.

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If you enter into an agreement

You either reach an oral agreement or a written agreement on child support. If you want to have a written agreement between the two of you, you can use the agreement template. The agreement is an arrangement between the two parents and does not need to be submitted to Försäkringskassan.

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The amount you have agreed on must be adjusted yearly to reflect changes in the value of money since the child support is indexed. This means that the child support is most often increased by a few per cent on 1 February every year. For 2018, child support is increased by one per cent.

Other rules apply to child support set abroad or in a foreign currency. Call the Customer Centre at 0771-524 524 to find out what applies to you in this type of situation.

 

When should child support be paid?

Child support must be paid in advance every month. So, the support for December must be paid no later than 30 November.

Child support must be paid from the time you stopped living together.

What do we do if we cannot reach an agreement?

If you have a hard time agreeing on how to resolve issues related to access (visitation), custody, living arrangements and child support, you can turn to your municipality to get help through a cooperation discussion.

The cooperation discussion is an opportunity for you to find common solutions for the child's best interest without having to go to court. The cooperation discussion is free of charge.

If you have had cooperation discussions and received help from Försäkringskassan but you still cannot agree on issues relating to the child, you can take the matter to the district court. Contact a legal representative to find out what you should do.

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Frequently asked questions

You can contact a legal representative, who can help you have the child support set by a court. If you live with the child, you can also apply for maintenance support.

The maintenance support is max. SEK 1,573 a month up to the month the child turns age 15, and SEK 1,723 after this.  The other parent may then pay back all or part of the maintenance support to Försäkringskassan.

But, if the other parent pays back the maintenance support to Försäkringskassan on time and in the right amount for at least six consecutive months, Försäkringskassan may decide not to pay out any maintenance support. The two parents will then instead be asked to make another attempt to agree on child support.

Maintenance support

If the other parent cannot afford to pay, you can apply for maintenance support from Försäkringskassan. The maintenance support is max. SEK 1,573 a month up to the month the child turns age 15, and SEK 1,723 after this.

The other parent may then pay back all or part of the maintenance support to Försäkringskassan.

Maintenance support

The “Calculate child support” (Beräkna underhållsbidrag) tool can help you by providing prefilled amounts for what a child costs if you enter the age and gender of the child. The amounts are based on the Swedish Consumer Agency's calculations of the expenses of raising a child. If you do not want to enter the gender and age, you can find the amounts yourself on the Swedish Consumer Agency's website.

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Yes. Since child support is calculated based on your income and expenses, it must be recalculated if your situation has changed. 

It is also important to recalculate it when the child has gotten older. For example, a six-year-old has lower costs than a thirteen-year-old.

Yes, depending on which country the other parent lives in. Call the Customer Centre at 0771-524 524 to find out what applies to you.

Yes, you can also calculate and receive a decision on child support in connection with court proceedings relating to divorce, custody, residence or access (visitation).

But be aware that there may be costs associated with addressing the issue of child support as part of the proceedings. It is best if you can set child support in an agreement instead of through legal proceedings. Talk to your legal representative about this.

Once the child has turned 18, the child support shall be paid directly to the child if the child attends school full time at the compulsory school level, upper-secondary level or the equivalent. The child is entitled to child support up until their 21st birthday. If the child has turned 18 and has finished school, they are no longer entitled to child support.

It is the child and the paying parent who enter into a child support agreement when the child is 18 years old. Use the template:

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