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Who is a qualified adult?
If you are married, in a civil partnership or cohabiting and you are wholly or mainly maintaining that person, you may get an increase for this person as a qualified adult.
If you have children living with you and you are single, widowed, a surviving civil partner, separated or your civil partnership has been dissolved, you may get a qualified adult increase for a person aged 16 or over who is caring for your child(ren), provided the person is living with and being supported by you.
You will not get an increase for a qualified adult if your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant:
- gets a social welfare payment in their own right (except Disablement Benefit, Bereavement or Funeral Grant, Guardian’s Payment (Contributory), Guardian’s Payment (Non-Contributory), Child Benefit or Supplementary Welfare Allowance),
- is disqualified from getting unemployment payments because of a trade dispute,
- takes part in a full-time FÁS training course,
- gets a training allowance for a Vocational Training Opportunities (VTOS) scheme.
Who is a qualified child?
A qualified child is any child under age 18 normally living with you.
A child aged 18 or over and normally living with you is also considered to be a qualified child for 3 months after they leave second level education or complete the Leaving Certificate examination.
A child aged 18 and up to 22 continues to be a qualified child until the end of the academic year in which they reach age 22 if they are in full-time education by day.
Rate of qualified child increase
- If you qualify for an increase for your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant you will get the full rate qualified child increase for your child(ren).
- If your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant is getting a social welfare payment in their own right, they will get half the qualified child increase appropriate to their payment and you will get half the qualified child increase with your payment.
You will not get an increase for a qualified child if the child is getting a social welfare payment (eg. One Parent Family Payment or Disability Allowance) or a payment from the Health Service Executive in their own right.