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Family Support Allowance (FSA): separated parents

Verified 18 August 2022 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

The Family Support Allowance (FSA) is paid by the Family Allowance Fund (FAC) or the Agricultural Social Mutuality (FSM) to the person who raises his child alone without the help of one of his parents, subject to conditions.

In all cases, to qualify for the BSO, you must meet all of the following conditions:

  • Living Alone
  • Residing in France
  • Have at least 1 dependent child where the other parent is no longer involved in the maintenance for at least 1 month or pays you support less than €122.92

Reminder

the ASF is removed if you live in a couple.

The other parent does not pay a pension

Maintenance was fixed

The BSO is paid to you in advance.

Maintenance must be fixed by a judgement or a divorce agreement by mutual consent filed before a notary.

Your Caf (or your MSA) has 2 ways of acting:

  • Act for you and your account to recover the pension if the other parent does not pay it (not fully or regularly)
  • Implement a recovery procedure against the other parent to recover up to 2 years of unpaid alimony

The other parent cannot pay child support

The Caf (or MSA) can pay you the BSO if the other parent cannot meet their obligation maintenance (insolvency, unemployment, incarceration, RSA, etc.).

It checks the other parent's situation. Based on the information gathered, she will tell you whether you need to take steps to establish a support payment.

No maintenance was fixed

The FSA is paid to you for 4 months.

To maintain your entitlement to the FSA beyond 4e month you must within this time:

  • if you do not have a court order: initiate an action with the family court judge of your domicile, in order to have a maintenance order
  • if you are in possession of a court decision that does not establish support payments: initiate a review of the decision before the same judge.
Who shall I contact
The pension paid is less than € 116,11

If the amount of support received is less than €122.92, you receive the differential family support allowance. The Caf or the MSA will provide you with an additional €122.92.

If the difference is less than €15, the differential ASF is not paid.

Please note

the differential FSA, due for each month, is paid once every 3 months.

General case (Caf)

You must complete and send to your Caf the ASF application form no. 12038 (and the accompanying status report form no. 11423). Attach the requested documents in the form according to your situation.

Application for Family Support Allowance (FSA)

Agricultural scheme (MSA)

You must complete and send to your MSA the ASF application cerfa form (and the accompanying cerfa status report form). Attach the requested documents in the form (page 4) according to your situation.

Application for Family Support Allowance (FSA), Intermediation and Recovery Assistance (MSA)

The amount of the BSO shall be €122.92 per month and per child.

The amount of the differential BSA is equal to the difference between the amount of the pension received and €122.92.

The allowance is due from the month following the separation of the parents.

Caf

Change of family status

Quickly report any changes to your family situation.

Example :

Being a couple can open up new rights for you. Ask your Caf: titleContent.

Family Allowances and Benefits - Statement of Status (Caf)

Who shall I contact

Change of domicile

You can report your change of address using the online address change service:

Online Address Change

MSA

Change of family status

Quickly report any changes to your family situation.

Example :

Being a couple can open up new rights for you. Ask your MSA: titleContent.

MSA - Private spaces

You can also go there or send the form cerfa 11423 by mail.

Family Allowances and Benefits - Statement of Status (MSA)

Who shall I contact

Change of domicile

You can report your change of address using the online address change service:

Online Address Change

Please note

if you change departments, the MSA in your home of departure will automatically transfer the file to your new caisse. This transfer will take place as soon as your new address is registered.