Families with multiple births are eligible to some economic benefits:
Benefits for multiple births is paid as a single payment in the case of multiple births or adoptions. It is paid to all families, regardless of their income. The amount is calculated based on the national minimum wage (SMI) and the number of children born or adopted at the same time.
- If there are 2 children: the minimum wage is multiplied by 4.
- If there are 3 children: the minimum wage is multiplied by 8.
- If there are 4 or more children: the minimum wage is multiplied by 12.
In 2017, the benefit paid for the birth of twins was €2,830.80, for the birth of triplets it was €5,661.60 and over four babies born in the same birth the benefit paid was €8,492.40.
If a baby suffers from a disability equal or over 33%, double benefit is paid. For example, if two children are born and one has a disability, benefits are paid for three children.
Either parent can apply for the benefits at branches of the Social Security Institute (INSS) in the town or city of the family residence.
- If the parents live together, they must agree on which parent should apply. If no agreement is reached, it is awarded to the mother by default.
- If the parents do not live together, it is awarded to the parent who has custody.
Special maternity allowance
Besides the benefit paid during maternity leave, in the case of a multiple birth, an additional special allowance is paid for each child, equivalent to 6 weeks of maternity leave. Thus, in the event of twins, maternity leave of 18 weeks is paid, plus an allowance equivalent to another 6 weeks. In the case of triplets, maternity leave is paid for 20 weeks plus an allowance equivalent to 12 more weeks.