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Maintenance support when the child lives with you

Maintenance support is money that you can apply for when the other parent who is supposed to pay child support does not pay.

Am I eligible for maintenance support?

Yes, you can receive maintenance support if you and the other parent cannot agree on maintenance support or if the other parent cannot pay. This applies if
 

  • the child is younger than 18 years old
  • the child is registered at your address
  • you and the child live in Sweden 
  • you have custody of the child
  • you and the other parent are not living together
  • the other parent does not pay any child support at all, pays less than the amount set for maintenance support or does not pay on time.

Young people over the age of 18 can receive extended maintenance support up to June of the year that they turn 20. To be entitled to maintenance support,the child must

  • attend school full time at the compulsory school level, upper-secondary level or the equivalent
  • receive financial aid or extended child allowance
  • live and be registered with one of the parents or somebody else who was the guardian when the child turned 18
  • not be or have been married.
 

How much money will I get?

If the other parent does not pay any child support, you receive SEK 1,573 per month up until the month the child turns 11, and SEK 1,723 until the month the child turns 15 and SEK 2,073 after this.

If the other parent pays a lower amount as child support, you will receive a gap amount from Försäkringskassan so that you receive a total of SEK 1,573 or SEK 2 073 per month. In other words, you receive part from Försäkringskassan and part from the other parent.

Example
If your child is 5 years old and are receiving SEK 500 per month from the other parent, you will receive SEK 1,073 from Försäkringskassan. This way, you receive SEK 1,573 per month in total.

If your child has income exceeding SEK 60,000, you will receive less maintenance support. 

What do I need to do to receive maintenance support?

1. Apply

You apply for maintenance support on My pages (Mina sidor).

2. You receive a decision

If your application is complete, you will receive a decision within no more than 6 weeks. If the other parent lives abroad, it takes no more than 17 weeks.

3. Disbursement

Once the decision has been made, you will receive the first disbursement within 10 days. After that, the maintenance support is paid out on the 25th of every month.

The money is paid in advance for the upcoming month.

  • If the disbursement date is a Saturday or Sunday, your money will be paid out on Friday.
  • Disbursement normally scheduled for 25 December will be paid out on 21 December 2018.
  • Other public holidays are treated like a Sunday.
 

4. The other parent must pay to Försäkringskassan

If you receive maintenance support, the other parent must pay back all or part of the maintenance support to Försäkringskassan.

5. Contact us if your situation changes

Notify us if anything changes that may affect your maintenance support, for example if the other parent begins paying support directly to you, or pays more in support than before. Call the Customer Centre at 0771-524 524 to report the change.

When the other parent has paid in to Försäkringskassan on time for 6 months

If the other parent has made on-time payments to Försäkringskassan for at least six consecutive months, you will both receive a letter indicating that we will no longer pay out maintenance support. This is because there is no reason for Försäkringskassan to serve as an intermediary for payments. The other parent can instead pay child support directly to you.

You must work together to decide on an amount for child support. With the “Calculate child support” (Beräkna underhållsbidrag) tool, you will get a suggested amount for child support and an agreement template. You can use the calculation and agreement template to create a valid agreement on child support.

Beräkna underhållsbidrag

 

What do we do if we cannot reach an agreement?

If you cannot reach an agreement on child support yourself, you can ask Försäkringskassan for help. Book a personal web meeting with an administrator for help calculating child support and writing an agreement.

Boka tid för webbmöte

The municipality also offers free cooperation discussions to help resolve issues related to custody, access (visitation), residence and support of the child. There, you receive help in finding common solutions for the child's best interest without having to go to court. Contact your municipality.

If you have had cooperation discussions and Försäkringskassan has helped you calculate child support 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.

 Hjälp oss göra vår webbplats bättre

Svara på enkäten och berätta vad du tycker om webbplatsen.

Till enkäten öppnas i nytt fönster

Frequently asked questions

Yes, but just for the month before.

Young people over the age of 18 can receive extended maintenance support up to June of the year that they turn 20. To be eligible for extended maintenance support, the child must

  • attend school full time at the compulsory school level, upper-secondary level or the equivalent
  • receive financial aid or extended child allowance
  • live and be registered with one of the parents or somebody else who was the guardian when the child turned 18
  • not be or have been married.

It is the child who must apply for extended maintenance support and the money is paid directly to the child. The child can apply on My pages (Mina sidor).

If you cannot apply on My pages (Mina sidor), you can use this form:

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Yes. You can apply for maintenance support even if there is no other parent paying child support. 

You apply on My pages (Mina sidor).

If you cannot apply via My pages (Mina sidor), you can use this form:

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Yes, you can apply for maintenance support. If there are two parents who are obliged to pay child support, two maintenance supports can be paid out.

You apply on My pages (Mina sidor).

If you need help filling in your application, you can call the Customer Centre at 0771-524 524.

If you cannot apply via My pages (Mina sidor), you can use this form:

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Log in to My pages (Mina sidor) to change the account.

You can also send in the following form:

560 Registration of account (81 kB)PDF opens in a new window

You apply for maintenance support on My pages (Mina sidor).

If you cannot apply via My pages (Mina sidor), you can use this form:

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In such a case, the other parent will be required to pay SEK 500 directly to you instead. Försäkringskassan can then pay a supplementary allowance (gap amount) of SEK 1,073 so that you receive SEK 1,573 if the child is age 15 or younger. If the child is older, the supplementary allowance is SEK 1,223, which gives you SEK 1,723 per month.  If this applies in your case, you will both receive a letter from us about this.

If there is a history of threats to you or the child, or if you and the child’s other parent have had conflicts and difficulty cooperating, Försäkringskassan may decide that you and the other parent should not handle maintenance for the child yourselves. To be able to determine this, we may need to ask whether you or the child have experienced or are at risk of being subjected to harassment, threats and violence. You may be asked about this when you apply for maintenance support, or while you are receiving it.

Försäkringskassan can continue paying maintenance support if you or the child feels unsafe in relation to the other parent, or any relative of that parent. You must therefore let us know if you have been threatened, are scared, or if anyone has hurt you. This also applies to your child, your pets, and your property.

If we contact you several times, it does not mean that Försäkringskassan does not believe you. According to the rules in place, we must review the reason for paying maintenance support if the child support debtor consistently pays the right amount to Försäkringskassan on time.