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Updated : 30/10/2014

Family benefits – Faq

  • Can I claim rights to maternity leave benefits if I moved to the United Kingdom to study 6 months ago?

    NO - In the UK, only people who work or have been self-employed are entitled to statutory maternity pay or a maternity allowance.

  • I live in the Netherlands, but work in Germany where I have a right to child benefits. My husband is unemployed in the Netherlands - and also has a right to child benefits under Dutch rules. Can we get both German and Dutch benefits?

    NO - you should get only German benefits. If you have a right to family benefits in more than one country, the authorities will work out who should pay them; you won't get full benefits from more than one country. Entitlements based on work always take precedence over those based on pensions or unemployment benefits.
    However, if the German benefits turned out to be lower than what you are entitled to in the Netherlands, the Dutch authorities will pay you the difference.
  • I'm Slovenian and commute every day to work across the border in Austria. Are my wife and I entitled to Austrian child benefits for our family living in Slovenia?

    IN PRINCIPLE you are entitled to Austrian child benefits.
    However, if your wife is also entitled to family benefits because she's working in Slovenia, the authorities will work out who should pay them; you won't get full benefits from more than one country. If entitlement in both countries is based on work, you will get your benefits from the country where your children live, i.e. Slovenia.
    If Slovenian benefits turned out to be lower than what you are entitled to in Austria, the Austrian authorities will pay you the difference.
  • I'm Portuguese, have been a posted worker in France for six months and will stay another year. Can I get French family benefits for my child, who was born two months ago and lives in Porto?

    NO - as a posted worker, you are insured with your home country's social security system, even if you are working abroad. You have a right only to Portuguese family benefits.
  • I work in Germany, my husband works in Switzerland, and we live with our children in Austria. Where can we get child benefits from?

    You can get child benefits from Switzerland or Germany; you won't get full benefits from more than one country. If entitlement in both countries is based on work, even if your children live in yet another country, you will get your benefits from whichever of the two countries where you work that pays the most.
  • I know that my husband, who lives in Sweden, is still getting child benefits, even after we divorced and I moved back to my home country, Estonia. Can I get that money for our two children, who live with me?

    YES - contact the family benefits authority in Estonia and ask to have the benefits paid directly to you instead, since you are the person who is actually maintaining the family.

 

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