Child benefit

Your contribution to your child’s support

If your child starts living away from home, you may still be able to get child benefit if you contribute at least € 425 per quarter towards your child's support. The SVB may ask you to provide proof of your contribution.

When do you have to provide proof of your contributions towards your child's support?

You will be required to provide proof of your contributions if:

  • your child is under 16 and lives away from home because of illness or a handicap, or for education
  • your child lives with others (with relatives, a host family, or a foster family). If you are separated from your partner and your child lives with his or her other parent, we will pay the child benefit to the parent with whom the child lives.
  • your child lives with your former partner, but you also have a child living with you who was born before 1 January 1995
  • you pay maintenance for the child
  • someone else contributes to the support of your child, for example, an institution or boarding school
  • your child does not live in the Netherlands, but lives in a Member State of the EU or EEA or a country with which the Netherlands has a social security agreement.
  • Your child does not live in the Netherlands, an EU or EEA Member State, or a country with which the Netherlands has a social security agreement and you work "in the public interest". For example, if you work for the Dutch government or for an international organization such as NATO.
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What are costs of support?

Costs of support are costs which are necessary for a child’s maintenance, upbringing and education. They include:

  • accommodation costs
  • contributions to the institution where your child is staying
  • clothing and footwear
  • holidays
  • transport costs incurred by your child and for your visits to the child
  • insurance
  • study costs
  • school fees
  • birthdays
  • subscriptions
  • pocket money

Maintenance you pay for your child or a contribution paid by your partner towards the support of your child also count as costs of support. Savings are not taken into account.

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Proving that you contribute towards your child's support

If you and your child live in the same country

If your child lives away from home, and you both live in the same country (in the Netherlands or another country), we will ask you for a statement of your expenses for your child. As soon as your child starts living away from home, you must keep a record of your expenses for him or her for each quarter. Expenses you pay at once for an entire year, such as school fees, also count. In that case, you should divide the amount by 4 for your statement of expenses.

You do not have to enclose invoices. We will only ask you for documentary evidence if you have very many expenses or if the circumstances seem exceptional. We investigate child support contributions once a year.

If you and your child live in different countries

If your child lives in another country, you can provide proof of your contributions to his or her support in the following ways:

  • If you pay certain expenses directly yourself, you will need bills or receipts to show that you made these payments.
  • If you send money to your child or your child's carer, you must send us proof that the money was actually received by your child or your child's carer. Proof of payment includes bank transfers, deposit receipts, or proof that your child or his or her carer collected the money.
  • If your child or your child's carer withdraws money from a Dutch bank account, you must be able to prove this with bank statements which clearly show that the money was taken out by the child or his or her carer.
  • If we pay child benefit and/or child budget to your child or his or her carer, this will count towards your child support expenses.
  • If you stay with your child temporarily, or your child stays with you temporarily, the amount of € 10 per child per day will count towards the costs of support, provided you can prove that you have stayed with each other for a certain period of time.

We only accept original proof of payments through an official Dutch bank or a bank or institution that is recognized by De Nederlandsche Bank (the Dutch national bank, DNB).

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