Amendments to the regulations on benefits to single parents from 1 January 2016


Several amendments to the regulations on benefits to single mothers or fathers have been adopted.

The amendments in the benefit regulations come into effect from 1 January 2016.

The following are the most important amendments:

  1. The option of recieving the benefit while living abroad is changed from 6 months to 6 weeks during a 12-month period.
  2. Actual termination of a relationship may be equated with formal separation as soon as you file for separation or divorce.
  3. You are no longer entitled to the benefit if you are living in a marriage-like relationship in a common household. This means that it is no longer possible to retain the right to the benefit for 12 months if you are in a cohabiting relationship with no joint children.
  4. You are no longer entitled to benefit if you have another child with the same partner.
  5. It is no longer possible to receive the transitional benefit until your child turns 10 if you are in an adjustment period following separation, divorce or termination of a relationship between unmarried parents.
  6. There is a stricter requirement that if you are a single parent and a student and want to continue receiving benefits, the education you are taking must be approved as being necessary and appropriate in order to find work. This applies to transitional benefit and to coverage of costs during education.
  7. If you are a student or are registered as a genuine jobseeker, childcare benefit is granted according to new regulations on supplementary benefits. It is also possible to receive the benefit for care of other family members.
  8. If you are a single parent and a student, benefit for childcare and other family members is only granted if you are eligible forthe  transitional benefit and undertaking an education that has been approved as necessary and appropriate in order to find work, cf. section 6. You are only eligible for child care as a genuine jobseeker if you are eligible for transitional benefit.
  9. With the exception of tuition fees, education costs will be covered according to the new regulations for supplementary benefits. The same applies to the grant for relocation in order to find work.
  10. If you fail to comply with the duty to activity requirement, your benefits may be stopped for a month.
  11. If you have deliberately provided incorrect information or have failed to provide information of importance to your right to benefits, you may be excluded from the right to benefits as a single mother or father.

Transitional rules have been adopted for benefit recipeints, which among other things, will take care of those who have made arrangements according to the pre-2016 regulations. Read more about the Regulations on transitional rules in connection with amendments to the National Insurance Act, Chapters 15, 16 and 17 from 1 January.

Most of the main information about your entitlements and duties is available here in English. There are also links to other more detailed information; however, some of this information is only available in Norwegian



The single mother/father benefit is intended to ensure income for those caring for children on their own and to encourage self-support.

See the list of the benefits you may be entitled to if you are a single mother or father.