Widow’s or widower’s pension

Widow’s pension

You are entitled to a widow’s pension if you meet the following conditions:

  • You have a child (minor or adult) at the time of being widowed, or
  • You are at least 45 at the time of your spouse’s death and you have been married for at least five years. If you have been married more than once, the duration of the individual marriages will be taken into account.

If you are divorced, you are entitled to a widow’s pension only if you meet the following conditions:

  • You have a child (minor or adult) and the marriage lasted for at least 10 years; or
  • You were over 45 at the time of divorce and the marriage lasted for at least 10 years; or
  • You are over 45 when the youngest child turns 18; or
  • You have minor children (under 18). In this case, you are entitled to a pension until the youngest child turns 18.

Entitlement to a widow’s pension ceases on remarriage.


Widower’s pension

You are entitled to a widower’s pension if you meet one of the following conditions:

  • The widowhood occurred after 11th October 2022 and you have a minor or adult child at the time of widowhood.
  • The widowhood occurred before 11th October 2022 and you have a child under the age of 18 on 11th October 2022.
  • You are a divorced man with a child under the age of 18. In this case, the pension stops when the youngest child turns 18.

The entitlement to a widower’s pension ends with remarriage.

Last modification 13.12.2022

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