In the case of a married couple eligible both for a pension having satisfied the relevant contribution conditions stipulated under the Maltese legislation, each of the spouses may claim for the retirement pension on his/her own. Neither pension will stop when either spouse retires because the calculations are based on two main computations depending on salary gained and contributions paid by each and every person.

The law lays down married rates for married men whose wife is not in receipt of a pension or not yet in receipt of a retirement pension / separated men maintaining their ex-wives and single rates for single persons including men not maintaining their ex-wife. Furthermore, women too are entitled to married rates provided that their husband is not in receipt of a pension in his own name, or until their husband is a pensioner himself.

Men’s entitlement to a married rate is changed to a single rate when the wife is in receipt of a pension in her own name. Same goes for the wife.