Who can receive advance payments of child support?
Advance payments of child support is a benefit paid by NAV. Advanced support payment must not be confused with child support, which is a monthly amount paid by one parent to another.
As a rule, you may receive advance payments for a child under the age of 18. There are certain criteria that must be met:
- Your child must live with you permanently.
- Your child does not live with both parents. You are a single parent or are living together with someone other than the mother / father of the child.
- The child support payments must be collected through NAV, because NAV must receive reimbursement from the child support for the advance payments of child support.
You cannot receive advance payments of child support if:
- Your child lives in a foster home or residential care, or is supported by the public authorities in some other way.
- Your child is living abroad. The child is deemed to be living in Norway if he or she has been or will stay in Norway for more than 12 months. If certain criteria are met, your child may retain the advance payments of child support if he or she stays abroad for up to six months.
If the above criteria are met, the child may receive advance payments of child support up to and including the month he or she turns 18.
How much will you receive?
The advance payments of child support is means-tested, i.e., the size of the advance payments of child support depends on how much you earn, how many children you have and whether you live alone or are a co-habiting partner.
There are three different sizes of advanced support payments:
- Increased advance amount
- Ordinary advance amount
- Reduced advance amount
If you are entitled to an increased advance amount, the amount increases automatically by one third of the rate for ordinary advance amount when your child turns 11.
If your child lives alone or together with someone else other than one of the parents, there is no means-testing and your child is entitled to an increased advance amount.
A child with shared residence may also be entitled to advance payments of child support. It is a condition that child support from one of the parents can be established or that one of the parents does not have the financial capacity to pay child support.
How to apply
You can apply for advance payments of child support by filling out the application form you will find under the Form menu option (this is the same form you use when applying for child support - NAV 54‑00.05). You may submit the application online.
You may be granted advance payments of child support for up to three months before the month of application if the criteria for advance payments of child support have been met. Therefore, you should apply within three months of the criteria having been met.
You do not need to apply for an increased advance amount when your child turns 11. If you receive an increased advance amount, NAV will automatically increase the advance payments of child support from when your child turns 11.
If there are changes in your income, family and/or job situation, or you are planning to stay abroad, this may affect the amount you receive from NAV. In such cases, you must notify NAV immediately.
Payment of the advance payments of child support assumes that the non-custodial parent has not paid an amount of child support that is higher than the advance payments of child support. Read more about Payment dates, holiday pay and tax withholding.
You can also check your payments through NAV’s online service Utbetalingsoversikt.
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.