You normally qualify for Child Benefit if you have children under 16 (or under 20 if in certain types of education or training) and you live in the UK.
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You may be able to get Child Benefit if your child is:
If you're adopting or fostering you may be entitled to Child Benefit for your child. If you're in the process of adopting you need to apply as soon as possible - you don't have to wait until the process is complete.
Normally, your child has to live with you if you claim Child Benefit. However, you may still qualify if your child lives with someone else, is in care or in hospital including getting medical treatment abroad.
If you live or work abroad, you may still qualify for UK Child Benefit, or you might get the child allowance of the country where you live or work.
You may be entitled to Child Benefit if you've just come to the UK, but if you are subject to 'immigration control' you may not qualify.
You may be entitled to Child Benefit for up to eight weeks after your child has died.
If you're responsible for a child who has lost one or both of their parents, you may be able to claim Guardian's Allowance as well as Child Benefit.
If you or your partner have an individual income of more than £50,000, you can still qualify for Child Benefit. But you'll need to decide whether to actually receive the payments. This is because you may be liable to a tax charge called the 'High Income Child Benefit charge'.
It's important to still fill in a Child Benefit claim form, even if you don't want to get the payments. This is because if you are entitled to receive Child Benefit it can:
If you're not sure whether or not you qualify, you can find out by calling the Child Benefit Helpline.