Child benefit is the monthly payment that a parent or a guardian receives in order to aid in supporting and taking care of their children. If you are a father and you are speculating if you can claim for child benefit, the answer is yes, you can, but under some conditions.
Only one person can claim for child benefit for each child. That person could either be the father, the mother, or a guardian. In order to identify who is the right person that should claim child benefit, here is the short criteria:
- You are the one responsible for the child
- The child is either under 16 years old or 16 to 20 years old and still in training or education
- You are living with the child
- You are the one who is regularly paying for the costs in taking care of the child (e.g., food, clothing, etc.)
If you are the father of a child and you fulfill the above-cited criteria, then you can go and claim child benefit. Even if you have work, savings, or investments, you are still eligible to claim for child benefit as long as you fulfill the criteria.
Once you determine that you are eligible to claim for child benefit, you can apply by downloading and filling out the claim form and posting it together with your personal documents and details to the HM Revenue and Customs.
The personal documents and details needed are the following:
- National Insurance (NI) number of the claimant
- Average yearly income before tax of the claimant
- The claimant’s building society, bank, or Post Office account details
- The birth certificate or adoption certificate of the child
- The Child Benefit numbers of other children if the claimant will be claiming for an additional child
- The child’s passport, particularly if he/she was born outside of the UK
Once approved, you will be able to receive £21.15 per week for your first child and £14.00 per week for each additional children. Generally, it would take up to three months before you will be able to receive your first payment.