Parenting alone

Overview Document There are a range of benefits and entitlements available to lone parents. An overview of these benefits and important information on legal issues associated with parenting alone.

Maintenance and lone parents
Information on who is entitled to maintenance for themselves and for their children.

One-Parent Family Payment
One-Parent Family Payment is a payment for men and women who are bringing children up without the support of a partner.
This document is in: Families and children

Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's (Contributory) Pension
A Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's contributory pension and related social welfare benefits may be payable if either the deceased person or their spouse/civil partner has enough PRSI contributions.
This document is in: Death related benefits

Single Person Child Carer Credit
If you care for a child on your own, you may be able to claim a tax credit called the Single Person Child Carer Credit (SPCCC).
This document is in: Income tax credits and reliefs

Checklist: parenting alone
Quick links to the main supports, services and entitlements if you are parenting alone