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 the following conditions:

·         You have children under 18 in your care.

·         You are divorced and have children under 18 in your care.

Entitlement to a widower’s pension ceases on remarriage and/or when the youngest child turns 18.

Last modification 27.11.2017

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