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Lithuania - Maternity and paternity benefit

This section contains up-to-date information on Maternity benefit (Motinystės išmoka), Paternity Benefit (Tėvystės išmoka) and Childcare benefit (Vaiko priežiūros išmoka) paid to parents who raise a child, procedures for awarding them, calculation of the amounts and differences between them.

In what situation can I claim?

Benefit is paid initially to the mother for the duration of maternity leave (Maternity benefit) and to the father for the duration of paternity leave (Paternity benefit). Subsequently, a parental leave benefit is payable to the parent caring for the child (Childcare benefit).

A lump sum benefit for pregnant women (vienkartinė išmoka nėščiai moteriai) is payable to those who are not eligible for maternity benefit under the Law on Sickness and Maternity Social Insurance (see “Family Benefits”).

What conditions do I need to meet?

Entitlement to Maternity benefit, Paternity benefit and Childcare benefit extends to all those insured against maternity under the social security system and who have a record of social security payments for at least 12 of the previous 24 months.

What am I entitled to and how can I claim?

Maternity benefit is paid for 70 calendar days prior to the birth of the child up until 56 days after the birth. In the event of birth complications or a multiple birth, an allowance is paid for an extra 14 calendar days. Maternity benefit is equal to 77.58% of earnings.

Paternity benefit is paid to the father for 30 calendar days after the birth of the child with the possibility of choosing when to receive the benefit until the child is three months old. It is equal to 77.58% of earnings.

Childcare benefit is paid to one of the parents (adoptive parent) or guardian caring for the child.

Childcare benefit is calculated in relation to earnings (see below) and depends on the time scale chosen:

  • if someone insured elects to receive an allowance up until the child is one year old, it amounts to 77.58% of their earnings.
  • Where someone elects to receive an allowance up until the child is 2 years old, it amounts to 54.31% of earnings for the first year, and 31.03% for the second year. It is possible during the second year to work without any reduction in the allowance. In the event of a multiple birth, the allowance varies with the number of children born, but it cannot exceed 77.58% of earnings.

Income is calculated in accordance with insurable earnings (see Jargon busters below) for the 12 months before the leave commences.

The following lower and upper limits to the allowance apply: minimum amount cannot be lower than 6 times the Basic Social Benefit for the two quarters preceding the day when the person became temporarily incapacitated for work (EUR 234); the maximum amount of compensatory wage cannot exceed twice the national average monthly wage (EUR 2,612.60), except for maternity benefit which it is not subject to any ceiling.

Lump sum benefit for a pregnant woman:

Paid to a pregnant woman who is not eligible for maternity benefit for 70 days preceding childbirth. The amount is 6.43 the Basic Social Benefit (Bazinė socialinė išmoka)), i.e. EUR 250.77.

Someone insured person who is appointed as a guardian to a new-born child is entitled to a maternity allowance from the date from which guardianship is confirmed up until the child is 70 days old.

Upon adopting a child, childcare leave is granted by SoDra. The general rule is applicable, i.e. the Childcare benefit is paid until the child reaches the age of 1 or 2 years (depending on choice). If the adopted child is older the 2 years, the Child adoption allowance is paid from the State budget.

Maternity/Paternity benefits and Childcare benefit are paid by SoDra district offices.

Compulsory health insurance covers maternity hospital care, as well as other forms of healthcare.

Jargon Buster

  • Maternity benefit - a benefit paid to a mother during pregnancy and maternity leave;
  • Paternity benefit - a benefit paid to a father for 30 calendar days within three months from child birth;
  • Childcare benefit- a benefit paid optionally to one or other parent (step-parent) or guardian;
  • Insured income - all personal income liable for State social security deductions to insure against sickness and maternity, as well as sickness, occupational rehabilitation, maternity, paternity, childcare benefits, work-related accidents or occupational diseases benefits, and unemployment benefits;
  • SoDra - The State Social Insurance Fund Board under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour, the principal body that organises social security.

Forms you may need to fill in

Applications for maternity, paternity and childcare benefits may be submitted online to the SoDra district office (on the relevant form), or sent by post.

You must also submit details of the bank account into which you wish the allowance to be paid.

Your employer should submit a request for an allowance to be granted.

Know your rights

These links will help you find out what your rights are. These are not European Commission websites and may not necessarily reflect the views of the Commission:

SoDra information on:

European Commission publications and websites:

Who do you need to contact?

By telephoning the SoDra information centre on 1883 or on +370 52500883 you can find out all about benefits.

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