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I want to receive paternity benefit for a child born (adopted) after 1 January 2023

  1. Contact your employer to apply for paternity leave.
  2. When you are granted paternity leave, apply for paternity benefit to “Sodra”.
  3. If you are self-employed and you are not entitled to paternity leave, please submit an application for paternity benefit to “Sodra”, together with information about the period of paternity leave you have chosen to take to care for your child.

 Important!

Paternity leave or the paternity period may be divided into up to two parts, but may not exceed 30 calendar days.

Paternity leave or paternity period can be used at any time from the child’s birth until the child reaches the age of one, or, in the case of an adoption, within one month from the date of entry into force of the court’s decision to adopt (or, in the case of an emergency, within one month from the date of commencement of the execution of the decision).

If a person decides to take paternity leave in two parts in the case of an adoption, the first part of the paternity leave, or the chosen first part of the paternity period, must start no later than one month from the date on which the court's decision on the adoption enters into force (or, in the case of an emergency, one month from the date on which it starts to be enforced), and the second part may be taken at a later date, i.e. up to the end of the adopted child's first year of rearing.

Example 1. The father decides to take paternity leave and receive paternity benefit in instalments for the child born on 5 May 2023, i.e. after the employer has granted the first part of paternity leave, he shall apply for paternity benefit for the period from 7 July 2023 to 21 July 2023. For the second part of the paternity leave, submit another application for paternity benefit for the period from 8 December 2023 to 22 December 2023.

Example 2. The adoptive father who adopts a child on 5 May 2023 (born on 5 May 2018) decides to take paternity leave and receive paternity benefit in instalments, i.e. after the employer has granted the first part of paternity leave, he shall apply for paternity benefit for the period from 22 May 2023 to 31 May 2023, and subsequently, after the employer has granted the second of the paternity leave, submit another application for paternity  benefit for the period from 27 December 2023 to 15 January 2024.

Paternity leave is not granted if a spouse’s child is adopted or if the adoptive father has already been granted paternity leave for the same child.

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No later than 12 months after the end of the paternity leave or paternity period, or at the end of each part of the paternity leave or paternity period if the paternity leave is granted or the paternity period is chosen in parts.

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You are entitled to paternity benefit if:

  • You are covered by maternity social insurance and are granted paternity leave:
    • you are employed under an employment contract;
    • you work in the civil service;
    • you are a serviceman in professional military service of the national defence system, also a volunteer soldier;
    • you are a soldier of the compulsory initial military service or perform an alternative national defence service;
  • You are covered by maternity social insurance, but You are not granted paternity leave (in this case, you must notify “Sodra” of the paternity period you have chosen to care for your child):
    • you work under copyright contracts or contracts on the activity of sports or performers;
    • you perform individual activities under an individual activity certificate;
    • you perform individual agricultural activities;
    • you are an owner of a sole proprietor company;
    • you are a true member of a small partnership or general partnership;
    • you are a member of a family-type child care organisation;
    • you are a spouse of a civil servant transferred to a diplomatic mission or consular post of the Republic of Lithuania (hereafter - the Republic of Lithuania) who is unemployed and does not have an insurable income, and who lives abroad;
    • you are the spouse of a professional serviceman assigned to perform military service in a mission of the Republic of Lithuania to an international organisation, who is unemployed and does not have insurable income, and who lives abroad, you are the spouse of a seconded person posted to a diplomatic mission or consular post of the Republic of Lithuania who is unemployed and has no insurable income and who lives abroad;
    • you are a spouse of the President of the Republic of Lithuania;
    • you are an athlete who receives a state scholarship in accordance with the Law on Physical Education and Sport of the Republic of Lithuania and you have no other insurable income;
    • you have the status of an artist and have no other insurable income.

 Important!

Those working under an individual activity certificate, carrying out individual agricultural activities, members of households, owners of individual enterprises, true members of small or general partnerships are considered to be insured if they have paid the maternity social insurance contributions for the calendar month preceding the month in which the entitlement to paternity benefit is acquired, or for the current month if they were temporarily unemployed in the preceding month, or received sickness, vocational rehabilitation, maternity, paternity or childcare benefits, or if the entitlement to paternity benefit arose in the month of commencement of the activity.

For self-employed persons entitled to paternity benefit, the benefit is paid irrespective of their self-employment income during the period.

  • You have at least 6 months of maternity social insurance in the last 24 months, before the first day of paternity leave or the date of the chosen childcare period.
  • You didn't get the required length of service because you had previous paternity leave, i.e. your employer had granted paternity leave for the child you had previously. In this case, the period of maternity social insurance is calculated on the basis of the 24-month period before the child turns 2.
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Application for paternity benefit.

If you are self-employed, an author, an athlete, a performer who has no employment relationship with the insurer, a person with the status of an artist, an athlete in receipt of a scholarship or the spouse of a civil servant on secondment, you must indicate the period of paternity you have chosen when completing your application.

You can submit an application for paternity benefit:

  1. Online, by logging in to the resident's personal “Sodra” account and choosing an application for granting the paternity benefit, GPS3.
  2. By mail - application form can be downloaded here. If sending by mail, a copy of the identity document, certified in accordance with the law (e.g. by a notary), must be enclosed.
  3. Arriving at the "Sodra" department, the application will be completed and submitted to you to sign by the employee. On arrival you need:
  • to have a proof of your identity (passport, identity card, residence permit);
  • to know the details of the personal account into which the benefit will be paid.

 Important!

If you use your paternity leave or paternity period in parts (paternity leave can be divided into up to two parts), you will need to make a separate application for paternity benefit.

If you have not completed the required period of service in order to receive a paternity benefit while working in Lithuania, but have worked and/or been insured in a foreign country in the last 24 months, you must additionally submit a request for mediation on periods of work and/or insurance abroad. You can apply:

  1. Online, by logging in to the resident's personal “Sodra” account and selecting the application for mediation in obtaining data on periods of work and/or insurance acquired abroad, GPS12.
  2. By e-mail - application form can be downloaded here. If sending by mail, a copy of the identity document, certified in accordance with the law (e.g. by a notary), must be enclosed.
  3. A member of staff will fill in the application form and give it to you to sign when you arrive at the “Sodra” department. On arrival, please have/know:
  • you must have a proof of your identity (passport, identity card, residence permit) upon arrival;
  • your social security number (or personal identification number) in the foreign country where you worked;
  • the name(s) of the foreign employer(s) and the period(s) of employment.
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  1. A copy of the order granting paternity leave, if the employer hasn't already provided this information to “Sodra”.
  2. A document confirming the child’s birth if this information is not available in the population register of the Republic of Lithuania.
  3. Proof of adoption (extract from the adoption decision).
  4. A certificate from your employer stating your insurable earnings, if you have insurable earnings during the period of paternity leave, or if you are paid lump-sum compensatory or incentive payments in connection with your employment. The employer can submit this certificate by logging in to his/her personal "Sodra" account for the insurer, where the recommended form of this certificate is available.
  5. A document justifying the completion of work if you receive insured or other work income, which is not an insured income, during the period of paternity leave for work performed before the first day of such leave, for example, a document of transfer-acceptance of the work performed, a copyright contract or other document justifying the end of the work.
  6. Documents confirming the amount of income received and the period for which it was calculated if you receive income from work activity that is not insured income during a paternity leave, such as a salary received abroad from an international or European Union institution or foreign authority, certificate, etc.
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  • The paternity benefit is 77.58% of the recipient’s compensable earnings (hereinafter - CE). This amount is calculated according to the personal insurable income received in 12 consecutive calendar months until the calendar month preceding the month when the right to paternity benefit appeared.
  • The payment of paternity benefit can be divided into two parts. If you have chosen to split your paternity leave or paternity period into two parts with a break, your entitlement to the second part of the paternity allowance will be recalculated in accordance with your CE.
  • If you receive insurable or other work-related income or sickness benefits during your paternity leave, and this income is less than the amount of paternity benefit you have been paid, you will be paid the difference between the amount of paternity benefit and the amount of income you have received.

Example. The person has been granted paternity leave from 30 April 2023 for a child born on 1 April 2023 and has received a paternity benefit of €887.68. In April, the person received employment income of €600. He will be paid the difference between the paternity benefit and his income - €287.68 (€887.68 - €600).

  • On the day the paternity benefit is paid, personal income tax (15%) and the compulsory health insurance contribution (6%) are deducted from the amount of the paternity benefit, in accordance with the law.
  • The maximum CE for calculating paternity benefit cannot exceed two national average monthly salaries in force for the quarter preceding the date of entitlement to paternity benefit:
Year, quarter Average earnings in the national economy (including sole proprietorships) (gross), EUR
2022, Q1 1,718.30
2022, Q2 1,768.40
2022, Q3 1,787.10
2022, Q4 1887,80

 

Example. If the entitlement to paternity benefit starts on 1 April 2023, the maximum CE for calculating the paternity benefit is based on two average salaries in the fourth quarter of 2022 (€1,887.80 * 2).

Minimum benefit amounts after entitlement to paternity benefit:

2023, Q2:

  • Monthly – €294*;
  • Daily – €14,07.

* 6 basic social benefit amounts in force in the previous quarter (last approved amount) before the date of entitlement to receive the benefit.

 Important!

 For self-employed persons receiving paternity benefit, the amount of paternity benefit is not reduced if the person has self-employment income during the benefit payment period. However, the amount of the benefit will continue to be reduced if the person has income from an employment contract or legal relationship equivalent to employment. The paternity benefit also does not take into account the amount of state insurance for the person with the status of artist.

Amount of paternity benefit
Year, quarter Maximum amount of benefit, EUR
monthly daily
2023, Q1 2,772.86 132.67
2023, Q2 2929,11 140,15

 

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  • On the date of payment of the paternity benefit, in accordance with the procedure laid down by law, Personal Income Tax administered by the State Tax Inspectorate under the Ministry of Finance is deducted (15%) and Compulsory Health Insurance (6%).

You can view detailed information about the payment of the benefit in your personal resident’s “Sodra” account by selecting “My benefits” → “Paternity benefit” → “Payment” from the menu of your personal account.

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  • The decision on the granting of the paternity benefit shall be taken no later than within 10 working days from the date of receipt of the application with all the necessary documents and data at the “Sodra” branch.
  • The benefit is paid into the personal account specified in the application within 5 working days of the end of paternity leave.
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  • The paternity benefit, regardless of the number of children born at the same time, is paid for a period of paternity leave or paternity period (of up to 30 calendar days) which may be divided into two parts.
  • This leave is granted at any time from the child's birth until the child reaches the age of one year, or, in the case of an adoption, within one year from the date of entry into force of the court's decision to adopt (or, in the case of an emergency, from the date on which it is enforced).
  • In the event of a stillbirth of a child for whose care a paternity leave or paternity period has not yet begun, paternity benefit shall be granted and paid for the entire period of paternity leave or paternity period, provided that the paternity leave or the paternity period begins at the latest within 5 working days of the stillbirth.
  • In the event of the death of a child for whose care a paternity leave or paternity period (or part of it) has not yet begun, the paternity benefit shall be granted and paid in one lump sum for the whole of the paternity leave or paternity period chosen, up to a maximum of 30 calendar days, or for the remainder of the period of paternity leave or paternity period chosen, not yet used, up to a maximum of 30 calendar days, provided that, by the time of the death of the newborn child, the first part of the paternity leave or the first part of the paternity period chosen had been used.
  • In the event of the death of a child during the period of paternity leave or paternity period, the paternity benefit is paid until the end of the period of paternity leave or paternity period granted.
  • Paternity benefit (or part of it) is paid for working days (a 5-working-day week applies). It shall be paid at the end of the paternity leave or the paternity period in the case of uninterrupted paternity leave or an uninterrupted paternity period, or at the end of each part of the paternity leave or paternity period. If the decision to grant paternity benefit is taken before the end of the paternity leave or the chosen paternity period, the benefit is paid within 5 working days of the end of the paternity leave or the chosen paternity period.
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Update date: 2023-03-30
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