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Apply for a maintenance advance


You will receive the maintenance advance for your child if you raise them in your household without another parent against whom the child is entitled to maintenance. However, this maintenance is not paid, incompletely or irregularly by the other parent/maintenance obliged. The child's centre of gravity must be clearly in your household. You must not have married a new partner.

If the subscription requirements are met, you will be paid the maintenance advance until your child reaches the age of majority. The limit on the reference period (previously a maximum of 72 months) has been lifted.

The amount of the maintenance advance depends on the amount of the minimum maintenance. Until 31.12.2020 the following amounts were applied:

  • for children up to 5 years EUR 165 per month
  • for children from 6 to 11 years EUR 220 per month
  • for children from 12 to 18 years EUR 293 per month

From 01.01.2021 the following amounts apply:

  • for children up to 5 years EUR 174 per month
  • for children from 6 to 11 years EUR 232 per month
  • for children from 12 to 18 years EUR 309 per month

After the age of 12, your child is entitled to maintenance only if one of the following conditions is met:

  • You or your child do not receive unemployment benefit II.
  • The maintenance advance can help your child to avoid.
  • They have a gross monthly income of at least EUR 600 and receive supplementary unemployment benefit II.

This ensures that all children receive maintenance advances without any gaps if necessary. At the same time, an important incentive is created for households which are not in need of assistance or who could become independent of basic benefits through their own income.

The following conditions for the granting of maintenance advances must be met:

  • Child maintenance is not paid or only incompletely.
  • Your child is domiciled or habitually resident in Germany.
  • The parent is a single parent (e.B also widowed).
  • The parent and the child must live in a household.
  • Foreign children are only entitled to certain residence permits.

In addition to the application form, depending on the individual case, it is necessary to:

  • the birth certificate of the child concerned
  • the identity card of the single parent
  • in the case of foreign children/parents: ID card and valid proof of residence permit
  • the registration confirmation or registration register information
  • the maintenance title: current maintenance certificate, judgment, decision
  • in the case of a marriage: divorce judgment
  • If necessary, letter from the lawyer about the time of separation
  • the current tax card
  • in the case of unmarried parents: paternity recognition or determination
  • Proof of income on:
    • Child
    • semi-orphan's pension if necessary
    • maintenance payments if applicable
  • if applicable, authorisation/recruitment notices for benefits under the Maintenance Advances Act of other maintenance advances

The maintenance advance may be granted retroactively for one month if the conditions were already met at that time.

Children between the ages of 12 and 18 are only entitled to a maintenance advance if the child is not dependent on SGB II benefits or if the single parent earns his own income of at least EUR 600 gross in the SGB II reference.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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