What constitutes a de facto family?
You form a de facto family if…
… you live with another person at the same address ...
…and you collectively contribute to the household finances ...
…and you’re not a relative up until the third degree ...
In other words, you cannot form a de facto family with your first-, second-, or third-degree relatives (or in-laws), such as your sister, stepbrother, dad, grandmother, or aunt.
You can therefore form a de facto family with your “cousin”. This implies the fourth-degree child of your aunt or uncle.
Thus you needn’t be married or legally cohabiting. Whether you are of the same or a different sex makes absolutely no difference.
Still unsure whether you form a de facto family?
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When will I receive my Growth Package or Child Benefit?
What happens after your entitlement to Child Benefit ceases?
The maximum age for Child Benefit and Growth Package entitlement is 25 years. From the age of 18 upwards, you must satisfy certain criteria in order to retain your Child Benefit and Growth Package entitlement. No regular or automatic substitute applies once your entitlement to Child Benefit has ceased. If your child was entitled to a Care Allowance due to a specific support requirement, then they may be entitled to a Disability Allowance once their Child Benefit entitlement has ceased. Please note that this is not an automatic entitlement. It must be requested and the application subsequently investigated.
How can I contact my KidsLife adviser?
- Contact form: this instantly provides us with all your personal information and enables us to respond swiftly to your enquiry.
- By phone: our KidsLife advisers are happy to help you over the phone. Please have your National Register number to hand, to enable us to provide prompt assistance.
- My KidsLife: your online Child Benefit and Growth Package file is available 24/7. Want to report a change in your circumstances or download a certificate? You can do all this and more in your My KidsLife online file.
- Your local KidsLife office: regardless where you live, you’ll always find a KidsLife office nearby. Locate an office near you here. In many cases, we can help you without necessitating a visit to our offices.
And you can obviously refer to the answers in this extensive list of frequently asked questions from our customers.
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