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Maintenance support upon alternating living arrangements

Right now, maintenance support can be paid out to children who have alternating living arrangements, meaning they live about an equal amount of time with both parents.

Maintenance support upon alternating living arrangements will cease in 2021

Beginning March 2018, new rules apply that will lead to maintenance support upon alternating living arrangements being phased out. The highest possible amount a parent can receive will be reduced by SEK 200 each year up to 2021. The allowance will then cease completely.

Can I receive maintenance support if the child alternates between living with me and living with the other parent?

Yes, if:

  • the child is registered with one of the parents
  • you have joint custody or one of you has sole custody
  • you and the child live in Sweden
  • the child lives with you for at least 12 days a month.
  • you have a low income.

We must have received your application by no later than 30 April 2018

To be entitled to the allowance, the child must have begun having alternating living arrangements by February 2018 at the latest. This means that we must have received your application by no later than 30 April 2018. After this time, you can no longer apply for the allowance.

How much can I receive in maintenance support when the child lives with both me and the other parent alternately?

How much you get in maintenance support upon alternating living arrangements depends on your income and how many children you have. The amount is recalculated each year.

We calculate it based on your taxed income, i.e. the total income you had two years ago. This means that the support for February 2018 to January 2019 is based on what you earned in 2016.

For February and March 2018, you can receive maximum SEK 786 per month if the child is younger than 15 years old. If the child is age 15 or older, you can receive maximum SEK 861 per month.

This is how much you can have earned to receive at least SEK 50 per month for the period February–March 2018:

1 child – SEK 246,172 for a child 0–14 years old and SEK 259,029 for a child 15–20 years old
2 children – SEK 273,600 for children 0–14 years old and SEK 289,253 for children 15–20 years old
3 children – SEK 296,640 for children 0–14 years old and SEK 314,640 for children 15–20 years old
4 children – SEK 347,923 for children 0–14 years old and SEK 371,149 for children 15–20 years old

 

Beginning April 2018, the maximum amount will be reduced by SEK 200. If the child is younger than 15 years old, you can receive maximum SEK 586 per month. If the child is age 15 or older, you can receive maximum SEK 661 per month.

This is how much you can have earned to receive at least SEK 50 per month beginning April 2018:

1 child – SEK 211,886 for a child 0–14 years old and SEK 224,743 for a child 15–20 years old
2 children
– SEK 231,861 for children 0–14 years old and SEK 247,514 for children 15–20 years old
3 children – SEK 248,640 for children 0–14 years old and SEK 266,640 for children 15–20 years old
4 children – SEK 285,988 for children 0–14 years old and SEK 309,213 for children 15–20 years old.

 

When will the money be paid?

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.
  • Public holidays are treated like a Sunday.
 

Contact us if your situation changes

Let us know if anything changes that may affect your maintenance support. Call the Customer Centre at 0771-524 524 as soon as possible, but no later than 14 days after you have found out about the change. We can then make the changes so you receive the right maintenance support. If you have received too much, you may need to make a repayment to us.

Examples of things that may affect maintenance support include:

  • you start living with the other parent again
  • the child lives less with you than when you applied.

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Frequently asked questions

Yes. Both parents can apply for maintenance support. You each submit an application.

If the child is 18 years old, they must have applied for maintenance support before 1 May 2018. To have the right to extended maintenance support upon alternating living arrangements, the child must:

  • have turned 18 by no later than February 2018
  • be nationally registered at the address one of the parents
  • live in Sweden
  • live with the other parent at least 12 days per month
  • receive study allowance or extended child allowance for upper-secondary studies or equivalent, but for no longer than June of the year the child turns 20.

New rules will begin to apply in March 2018 that will cause the allowance to be gradually phased out and then cease completely by 2021. Up until January 2021, the child may be eligible for extended maintenance support upon alternating living arrangements for either one or both of their parents.