Child benefit

What changes do you have to report?

If you receive child benefit and there is a change in your situation, you must let us know within 4 weeks (6 weeks if you live outside the Netherlands). That way, you will always receive the correct amount. Below is a list of all the changes you have to report.

Welke wijzigingen hoeft u niet aan ons door te geven

  • What changes do you not need to report to us?

    If you live in the Netherlands, we should receive the following changes from the municipality (gemeente) where you live. Make sure you report these changes to your local gemeente on time.

    • Your whole family moves to a new address in the Netherlands
    • A child is born in the Netherlands
    • You get married
    • You enter a registered partnership
    • You get divorced
    • You acquire a new nationality
    • A member of your family in the Netherlands dies

Changes you always have to report

You must always report the following changes to us within 4 weeks. If you live outside the Netherlands, you have 6 weeks to report a change.

  • A change in family composition
    • A child is born outside the Netherlands
    • A child starts living with you who is not your own child
    • A child starts living away from home
    • A child starts living at home with you again
    • A family member who lives outside the Netherlands dies (you should enclose a copy of the death certificate)
  • Moving house
    • One or more family members move house
    • One or more family members leave the Netherlands to live in another country
    • You move to another country with your whole family
  • Stopping living together
    You separate from your partner, to whom you are not married
  • Living with someone
    You start living with someone without being married
  • Marriage or registered partnership outside the Netherlands
    • You get married outside the Netherlands
    • You enter into a registered partnership or similar arrangement outside the Netherlands
  • Living or working outside the Netherlands, or receiving a non-Dutch benefit
    Working in the Netherlands
    • You or your partner or former partner lives outside the Netherlands, and stops working in the Netherlands.
    • You or your partner or former partner stops working in the Netherlands, and your partner or former partner continues to work outside the Netherlands or receive a non-Dutch benefit.
    • You or your partner or former partner starts working in the Netherlands, and your partner or former partner continues to work outside the Netherlands or receive a non-Dutch benefit.
    Working outside the Netherlands
    • You or your partner or former partner starts working outside the Netherlands or in a different country than the country of residence
    • You or your partner or former partner stops working outside the Netherlands  
    • You or your partner or former partner starts receiving a non-Dutch benefit.

  • Another allowance or benefit for looking after a child
    • You start receiving a foster care allowance
    • You start receiving another allowance or benefit for looking after a child
    • There is a change in another allowance or benefit that you receive for looking after a child
  • Your child's income if he or she is 16 or 17
    • Your child will be earning more than € 1,296 net per quarter
    • Your child has been earning more than € 1,296 net per quarter but will now be earning less
    • In the summer holidays, your child earns more than €­1,330 extra from a holiday job.

  • Custody
    • You are awarded custody of your child
    • You lose custody of your child

  • Educational situation of children aged 16 or 17
    You only have to inform us of the following changes if your child aged 16 or 17 attends a private school or goes to school outside the Netherlands. 
    • Your child stops going to school
    • Your child starts going to a different school
    • Your child stops going to school temporarily (for less than 6 months)
    • Your child is no longer able to go to school due to illness or a disability
    • your child has been unable to go to school due to illness or a disability, but can now start going to school again

  • Special schooling
    • Your child lives away from home and starts receiving vocational training that has been designated by the Minister at a different location.
    • Your child lives away from home and starts receiving special education at a "DAMU" or "LOOT" school specializing in top-class sport, dance or music at a different location.
  • Contributions to your child's support
    • You or your partner will be contributing either more or less to the support of a child who lives away from home
    • A third party (someone other than you or your partner) will be contributing to your child's support
    • A third party starts contributing either more or less to your child's support.
  • Staying with your child
    Your child no longer lives at home with you. You or your partner spends more than 45 days per quarter visiting your child. (Separate short visits will be added up).
  • Postal address
    • You continue to live at the same address but wish to receive post from us at a different address
    • You have a new postal address