Does your child live with you or elsewhere?

If your child does not sleep at your home for 4 nights a week, your child is regarded as ‘living away from home’. You can still get child benefit, but only if you contribute at least €433 per quarter to your child’s support.  

In some situations, your child is not regarded as ‘living away from home’. Read more about these situations. 

‘Living at home’ or ‘living away from home’

Choose the option that best describes your child's situation and see whether your child is ‘living at home’ or ‘living away from home’.

Conditions for child benefit for a child living away from home

You can get child benefit for a child living away from home if you contribute at least €433 per quarter to your child's support. This is called ‘costs of support’. 

Child benefit at twice the basic rate for a child living away from home

If your child is living away from home for education reasons, or because of illness or disability, you can get child benefit at twice the basic rate in some situations.