When are you entitled to orphan benefit?
As a parent, you may be entitled to an increased orphan benefit if one or both parents of a legal, recognised or adopted child have died. We take a look at your situation over the past year in this regard. Two conditions apply:
- You are entitled to orphan benefit if the deceased parent was entitled to child benefit for six months in the 12 months preceding their death. You are also entitled to orphan benefit if they were entitled to child benefit for 24 months in the five years preceding their death. If that is not the case, we will look into this through the other parent. If neither parent satisfies the conditions, we will investigate for you whether someone else in your family is entitled to orphan benefit for your child.
- You have not remarried and have not formed a new family. If you remarry or form a new family, you will go back to receiving the usual child benefit.
As a child, you are entitled to increased orphan benefit in the following cases:
- Both your parents have died.
- One of your parents has died and you are no longer in contact with your other parent. They contribute to your living costs to an extent or not at all. In order to determine this, we send you form P16com to fill in each year.