Family Lawyers in Germany (Certified Family Law Specialist)

Family law issues in particular often involve personal differences and problems that are less frequently encountered in other areas of the law. This means that you will need a specialist family lawyer by your side who is both sensitive and assertive. We will assist you with all kinds of family law questions in our offices in Aachen, Cologne and Düsseldorf.

Expertise in German Family Law

The diverse area of family law is very much characterised by its interpersonal nature. For this reason, our general approach in all cases is first to find an amicable solution for the parties, out of court. In particular the welfare of the children involved is of paramount importance. For this reason, it is imperative that marriages are dissolved as amicably, and at as low a cost, as possible. Settlements out of court of family law disputes are faster, more efficient and more cost-effective than court proceedings. If, however, an amicable solution is not possible, we will represent you in court, too, using all of our practical experience to assert your interests.

German family law is derived primarily from The German Civil Code (Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch) and can be difficult for those not in the legal field to follow. Some issues such as international child abduction law and other cases with an international aspect may have other sources of law playing a role. Therefore an experienced and knowledgeable partner is indispensable when it comes to issues around family law.

Below, you can see a list of our family law services in Germany:

Your Contact for Family Law in Germany

Family Law Specialist in Germany: Kerstin Wolters

Kerstin Wolters


Comprehensive and personal support in difficult times.

The family lawyers from Schlun & Elseven Attorneys will be assertive and forceful in representing you and your interests in Germany.

German Family Lawyers: Information on German Family Law

In this section, you will find a brief overview of different family law issues. If you like, you can obtain further information on every topic , however the advice provided on these pages is a general overview. For more specialised assistance please get in contact with our team of German family lawyers. If you already have a concrete issue, are under time pressure or simply have a question, you can contact us anytime. We will give you a non-binding preliminary assessment tailored to your individual case. Our law firm is multidisciplinary and multilingual – offering services in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Turkish as well as German. 

Maintenance Payments

If you are considering separating from your partner, the issue of money in this context is often of particular importance for your financial future. There is a difference between alimony and child support. Our Specialist Lawyer for Family Law, Ms Kerstin Wolters, will provide the expert support you need in order to assert your right to maintenance payments.

Family Lawyers in Divorce Cases

The decision to separate or divorce is often a hard one. However, there are some things that must be done in this psychologically very difficult time to make the process as simple and smooth as possible. Our lawyers will explain the preparation for, as well as the process and consequences of a divorce.

Equalisation of Pension Rights 

In the event of a divorce, all pension entitlements of both spouses acquired in the marriage will be shared equally between both parties. This applies to pension claims with the German pension insurance (Deutsche Rentenversicherung DRV) as well as for company and private pension claims.

German Family Lawyers in Custody Cases

Custody is both the right and the duty to act as a child’s caretaker. There are two types of custody – joint and sole. The latter applies where one parent voluntarily surrenders custody. We are happy to explain you more about these points, as well as residence rights.

Rights of Access

After parents have separated, this usually means that their child, too, is separated from one of them. However, a child has the right to contact with both parents. This only becomes relevant if the parents are living separately. There are two models here, the residence model and the switch model. In the end, the decision rests in the hands of the family court.

Proceedings unter the Protection Against Violence Act

Proceedings under the Protection Against Violence Act constitute a preventative measure aimed at protecting a party from violence and stalking. We will tell you how to protect yourself, what requirements there are, when the protection becomes effective, and what will happen in the case of non-compliance with the injunction. If you are in need of immediate help, call us!

Locations & Contact

Office Hours

Mon. – Fr:
09:00 – 19:00 o’clock
24h Contact:
+49 211 882 84196

Appointments only after
telephone arrangement.


Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte PartG
Von-Coels-Straße 214
52080 Aachen (Eilendorf)
Tel: +49 241 4757140
Fax: 0241 47571469


Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte PartG
Kyffhäuserstr. 45
50674 Köln
Tel: +49 221 93295960
Fax: 0221 932959669


Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte PartG
Königsallee 60F
40212 Düsseldorf
Tel: +49 211 882 84196
Fax: 0221 932959669

Conference Rooms

Munich 80339
Theresienhöhe 28

Hamburg 20354
Neuer Wall 63

Berlin 10785
Potsdamer Platz 10

Stuttgart 70174
Friedrichstraße 15

Frankfurt 60314
Hanauer Landstrasse 291 B

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