AOW pension

If you and your partner separate or get divorced

If you separate from your partner or get divorced, the amount of your AOW pension will change. If you start living on your own, you will become entitled to an AOW pension based on 70% of the net minimum wage. If you receive an AOW supplementary allowance for your partner, the supplementary allowance will stop.

If you stay married but start living separately

If you and your partner stay married but start living separately, you will get an AOW pension at the rate for a single person (based on 70% of the net minimum wage) if:

  • you or your partner no longer wants to live together, and
  • you both lead your lives as if you are no longer married, and
  • you are not intending to live together again in the future.

If you are married or in a registered partnership and you and your partner live at different addresses for financial or practical reasons, you will receive an AOW pension at the rate for a married person, which is based on 50% of the net minimum wage.

If your partner has been admitted to a nursing home, you can opt to receive an AOW pension at the rate for a single person. You can find more information about the consequences of this on the page `If your partner moves into sheltered housing or a nursing home´.

If you and partner are going to live separately, get in touch with your SVB office. We will then establish whether you are entitled to an AOW pension at the rate for a single person.