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Rule change gives dads share of child benefit

Fathers now have the right to a share of Sweden's monthly child benefit, news agency TT reports, a benefit that was previously given to the mother by default.

Starting Saturday, all parents who have children will split the monthly stipend of SEK 1,050 equally. The change applies whether they live together or not, as long as they have shared custody of the child. For parents of children born before March 1, it will also be easier to get shared benefits. 

"Now, no parent, and we are talking primarily about mothers because they receive the child benefit, can stop a division of the allowance." Tommy Alexandersson, of the Swedish Social Insurance Agency, told newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

Since it was introduced in the 1940s, the nation's child benefit has been automatically paid to the mother. Parents can receive the tax-free allowance if they have children up to 16 years of age and are insured in Sweden.

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