If your child goes to live with someone else, you may be able to keep getting Child Benefit for up to eight weeks. You might be able to get it for longer if you keep contributing towards your child's upkeep.
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If your child leaves home to live with someone like a friend or relative, you may still get Child Benefit for the first eight weeks. It may be less than this if the person your child's gone to live with also makes a claim for your child.
You may keep getting Child Benefit for more than eight weeks if:
All of these must apply.
The amount you're contributing needn't be money. It can include:
You might also contribute by providing somewhere for your child to live. For example, you could:
The amount you contribute must be worth at least as much as the Child Benefit you get for your child.
You can make your contributions weekly, monthly or in a lump sum to cover a set period. If you miss one or two payments over a long period, the Child Benefit Office may treat this as if you've contributed for the whole period.
You can make contributions to cover more than one of your children. The Child Benefit Office will treat them as being split equally between your children unless you ask them to consider something else.
If you contribute towards your child's upkeep with someone else, like your partner, the Child Benefit Office will count the contributions together. They do this to work out if you can keep getting Child Benefit. The total contributions have to be worth at least as much as the Child Benefit you get.
Only one person can get Child Benefit for a child, so it's best to decide between yourselves who that person is.
You might make maintenance payments covering the cost of your child's upkeep, under a court order, deed or binding agreement.
These are treated as a contribution towards your child - as long as the order or agreement actually covers your child's upkeep. If it doesn't, your payments are treated as income of the person looking after your child, instead of a contribution.
The Child Benefit Office may treat you as paying towards your child even if they don't live with the person you're paying maintenance to. However, you must still be contributing to your child's upkeep. Either of the following must apply:
You must let the Child Benefit Office know if you stop making contributions towards your child's upkeep. You can do this online by using the link below, or you can call the Child Benefit Helpline.
The Child Benefit Office will check whether you should keep getting Child Benefit.
You or your partner could be liable to a tax charge called the 'High Income Child Benefit charge'. Changes to the number of children either of you are entitled to receive Child Benefit for could affect your tax.
Instead of paying the tax charge, you or your partner could have decided not to receive Child Benefit payments. But you must still tell the Child Benefit Office straight away if you stop making contributions to your child's upkeep.
If you get Child Benefit for a child who lives with someone else, that person may be liable to the High Income Child Benefit charge. But this is only if all of the following apply: