Covid bonus for separated parents, applications open from today to March 31st: here is all the useful information

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Starting today and until March 31st you can submit your application to obtain the “Bonus for separated, divorced and/or non-cohabiting parents.” The measure, aimed at guaranteeing a contribution to separated parents in a state of need who have not received the maintenance allowance due to non-compliance of the other parent (ex-spouse or ex-cohabitant) – explains the INPS in a note – is linked to the reduction of income as a result of the Covid 19 epidemiological emergency. In particular, the bonus is due to separated parents with an income not exceeding 8,174 euros, who during the Covid-19 emergency period were living with minor children or adults with serious disabilities and who , in the same period, have seen their maintenance allowance reduced in part or in whole due to the cessation, reduction or suspension of the work of the other parent responsible for maintenance which occurred starting from 8 March 2020 for a minimum duration ninety days.

The bonus is also due if the parent responsible for maintenance has suffered a reduction in income of at least 30 percent compared to the income received in 2019. The application to access the benefit must be submitted to INPS by the parent who has not received the payment in all or part of the maintenance, after authentication on the Institute’s portal, through the specific service «Contribution for separated or divorced parents to guarantee the continuity of the payment of the maintenance allowance», available in the «Access point to the non-pension benefits”. The benefit will be paid by INPS following verification of the legal requirements by the Department for Family Policies and subject to availability of the fund which amounts to 10 million euros. The payment will be paid in a single payment in an amount equal to the unpaid amount of the maintenance allowance and up to a maximum of 800 euros per month and for a maximum of twelve months.