Child Support in Germany

German Family Lawyers

Child Support in Germany

German Family Lawyers

If a couple in Germany separates or gets a divorce and they have children together, child support is usually due. This payment covers the general living costs for clothing, food and general care of the child as it grows older.

As a rule, either the non-custodial parent is obliged to make such a payment, provided they are financially able to do so, or the second caregiver. However, the amount of child supportand the duration of the maintenance payment depend in Germany on the circumstances of the individual case. The calculation takes into account the parents’ income, the child’s needs and other individual factors.

In the case of international divorces, the maintenance law for German children may extend beyond the borders of Germany. In order to determine the exact amount of child support, it is always advisable to seek legal advice.

The German law firm Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte offers comprehensive support in all family law matters. Our lawyers have in-depth expertise and the necessary empathy to assert your interests and make this emotionally demanding situation as pleasant as possible for you.

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Types of Cases and General Guidelines for Child Support in Germany

All cases are different, and as stated above, the facts of the situation play a vital role in the court’s decision. However, there are some situations in which we can provide a basic outline here. This article will outline three positions regarding child support: domestic cases, cases involving a parent living outside of Germany with the child in Germany and where the child has moved to another country, but the parent has stayed in Germany.