When does child benefit stop?
Child benefit normally stops when your child turns 18. In some cases, it may stop sooner.
When your child turns 18
When your child benefit stops depends on when your child turns 18. If your child has not yet reached the age of 18 on the first day of a quarter, you will get child benefit for that quarter.
- Your child turns 18 on 12 April, which is in the second quarter. Your child was not yet 18 on the first day of the 2nd quarter. You will therefore still get child benefit for the second quarter.
- Your child turns 18 on 1 April. That means that your child is 18 on the first day of the second quarter. You will therefore no longer get child benefit as from the second quarter.
If your child is still under 18
Child benefit may stop before your child turns 18 if:
- your child has income from work above a certain level
- your child dies
- your child leaves home and you contribute less than € 416 per quarter towards his or her support
- you are going to live or work outside the Netherlands
- your child is going to live outside the Netherlands
- your child aged 16 or 17:
- does not attend fulltime education with the aim of receiving a basic qualification and is not exempt from obtaining a basic qualification
- is unemployed after obtaining a basic qualification, and is not registered with UWV WERKbedrijf as a jobseeker
- finds a job after obtaining a basic qualification
- does not attend full-time education after obtaining a basic qualification
- is entitled to a student grant
More information about basic qualifications for a child of 16 or 17
A basic qualification means a diploma at one of the following types of school in the Netherlands: MBO level 2 or higher, HAVO or VWO. Children are exempt from obtaining a basic qualification if they are disabled, or if they have attended a school for employment-oriented training or special education.
Other countries do not have a system with basic qualifications and exemptions like in the Netherlands. Neither do municipalities in other countries tend to help people find work. A diploma that gives a young person a good chance of finding skilled work is considered equivalent to a basic qualification under the Dutch system. Children who are not able to pursue education due to illness or a handicap are exempt from obtaining such a qualification.
If your child is unemployed, registration with an employment services organization outside the Netherlands is equivalent to registration with UWV WERKbedrijf. If there is no Employment Services Organization in the country concerned, it has to be clear that the child is unemployed and available for the job market.
More information about termination of child benefit before the child's 18th birthday: