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Apply for a half-fledged or full orphan's pension

In the case of the orphan's pension, a distinction is made between the half-orphan's pension and the full orphan's pension. You receive a half-orphan's pension if a parent liable for maintenance is still alive, a full orphan's pension if both parents liable for maintenance have died.

The half-orphan's pension is 10 percent, the full orphan's pension 20 percent of the insured pension to which the deceased parent would have been entitled or which he has already received.

You will receive a supplement for both full and half-orphan's pensions, which is based on the pension periods completed by the deceased parent or parents. If an orphan is entitled to several half-orphans' pensions, only the highest is paid.

If the parent or parents died before the age of one, the orphan's pension is reduced. For deaths before 2012, this age limit was 63 years. From 2012, the age limit will be gradually raised from 63 to 65 years until 31.12.2023.

Orphans' pensions are paid regularly until the orphans' 18th birthday. Under certain conditions, you can receive the orphan's pension until you reach the age of 27.

Since 1 July 2015, no income has been credited to orphans' pensions.

Note: If you adopt an orphan who is already receiving an orphan's pension, she will continue to receive it. It will continue to be paid unchanged even if the orphan marries.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)

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