Updated : 3/2013
Family benefits (child benefits, birth and adoption grants, child raising allowances, maternity/paternity leave, and so on) are very different from one EU country to another.
If you settle in another EU country, you are subject to that country's laws. For example, a Spanish woman who gives birth to a child in Poland is entitled to maternity leave under the same conditions as other Polish residents under Polish social security rules.
If you work in a different country than your country of residence, you could also be entitled to benefits there. This will depend on where your child(ren)'s place of residence is, and whether your child(ren)'s other parent works or not.
For social security issues, it is not your nationality but your place of work, the place of residence of your family, or the countries that pay you a pension, that count.
Social security systems vary widely within Europe. If you would like information about family benefits in the country that is responsible for paying them to you, go to:
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