Child support and extended child support
This information applies to individuals between the ages of 18 and 21 whose parents are separated. You may be entitled to child support or extended maintenance support if you attend compulsory school or upper secondary school and live with only one of your parents.
What is child support?
The parent you do not live with is required to pay child support to you. The child support is intended to be used for your housing, food and leisure interests.
Until you turn 18, the child support is paid to the parent you live with. Once you turn 18, it must be paid directly to you.
Can I receive child support?
To be eligible for child support after you have turned 18, you must be a full-time student at compulsory school or upper secondary school or the equivalent. You must also be living with one of your parents.
You are only entitled to child support up to and including the date you turn 21.
What do I need to do to receive child support?
Talk to the parent you do not live with. You should reach an agreement together about child support. To be able to calculate a fair amount, you should consider your costs and the income and expenses of both your parents.
Use the “Calculate child support” (Beräkna underhållsbidrag) tool. The tool will propose an amount for child support and provide an agreement template.
Do you need help?
You can book a personal web meeting with an administrator for help calculating child support.
What is extended maintenance support?
If the parent who is supposed to pay child support does not pay or pays too little, you can apply for extended maintenance support. Försäkringskassan will then pay you SEK 1,723 per month and the parent will instead reimburse us for all or part of that amount.
Am I eligible for extended maintenance support?
To be eligible for extended maintenance support, you must
- be at least 18 years old
- be studying full time at an upper-secondary school, compulsory school or equivalent
- receive extended child allowance or be in a study programme that entitles you to financial aid
- live and be registered with one of the parents or somebody else who was your guardian when you turned 18
- not be or have been married.
You can receive extended maintenance support up to June of the year that you turn 20.
The maintenance support may be lower if you are earning over SEK 60,000. It is your income according to the latest final tax statement that determines whether the support is reduced, not the money you earned this year.
You can only receive maintenance support if you are a full-time student. If you have an excessive amount of absence, this may affect your maintenance support.
How do I apply for maintenance support?
You apply yourself on My pages (Mina sidor).