When you have children in Denmark, you may qualify for various grants for your children. These grants are called family benefits. Family benefits are administered by Udbetaling Danmark - Public Benefits Administration.
Here you can read a brief description of the various types of family benefits.
Child and youth benefit, also known as the ‘child cheque’ (or family allowance) is a tax-free payment that you receive for each of your children until they reach the age of 18. The amount you receive depends on the age of your child, how long you have been earning the right to Danish family benefits, your income and the income of any spouse.
Child benefits are paid quarterly in advance. When your child reaches the age of 15, you will receive a youth benefit instead of a child benefit. Youth benefits are paid every month in arrears.
Child and youth benefits are generally paid to the mother’s NemKonto. If the child only lives with the father, it is paid to the father. If there is joint custody and the child stays with both parents, the child or youth benefit is paid to the parent with whom the child lives most of the time. If the parents have joint custody, it is paid to the parent at whose address the child is registered.
Child allowance is a payment paid in special circumstances if:
- you are single
- you have twins - or triples, quadruplets, etc.
- you are a pensioner
- you are taking an education
- the father of your child is unknown
- one or both parents are dead
- you have adopted a child.
The size of the child allowance depends on your situation.
You can watch a short video here about when you are seen as single or cohabiting in relation to child allowance for single parents.
Child support is an amount that you can receive if you live together with your child but not together with your child’s other parent. The other parent is the one who must pay that amount to you.