One Parent Family Assistance

One-Parent Family Payment (OFP) is a payment for men and women who are bringing children up without the support of a partner. For example, it is payable to an unmarried person, a widowed person, prisoner’s spouse, a separated or divorced person, or one whose marriage has been annulled.

To qualify for a One-Parent Family Payment you must:

  • Be the parent, step-parent, adoptive parent or legal guardian of a qualified child. A qualified child is a child under 18 years of age or aged 18-22 and in full-time education.
  • Be the main carer of at least one qualified child and that child must live with you. One-Parent Family Payment is not payable if a couple has joint equal custody of a child or children.
  • Have earnings of €425 or less per week
  • Satisfy a means test
  • Have proof of your residence in Ireland.
  • Not be cohabiting (that is, living with someone as husband and wife).

Download your form: One Parent Family





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