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Source: BUS Sachsen-Anhalt (Linie6PLus)

Apply for a child-raising pension

Description

The parenting pension supports you as a single parent if your divorced partner dies from a marriage or civil partnership. The pension thus serves as a substitute for maintenance and allows you to take more care of the upbringing of the children.

The parenting pension is a pension from your own pension account. The amount corresponds to the pension you would receive if you were fully disabled. Your annual pension information will state the amount on which it is based. If your pension begins before the age limit that is relevant to you, you will have to accept reductions that will reduce your pension. For each month you retire earlier, the discount is 0.3 percent, but a maximum of 10.8 percent overall.

If you receive the parenting pension, you can earn additional income. However, your income may be credited if you exceed an allowance. How high this allowance is is calculated individually.

You can also receive the parenting pension if you had decided as a couple to share your pension rights (pension splitting).

You cannot receive a parenting pension if you receive another, higher pension from the statutory pension insurance at the same time.

You can apply for the parental pension in writing, in person or via online procedure.

Tip: Before you submit your application, you can seek advice from the German Pension Insurance.

Written pension application:

  • Download the form package for the parenting pension on the website of the German Pension Insurance. Complete the application for an insured person's pension and the forms mentioned therein in full and compile the necessary documents.
  • You can complete and sign your completed and signed application with the required documents either
    • send by post to the German Pension Insurance or
    • in one of the local counselling centres.
  • When your pension application has arrived, you will receive a confirmation of receipt.
  • The German Pension Insurance checks your application for completeness and, if necessary, requests missing documents.
  • The German Pension Insurance checks the requirements for your pension entitlement and the insurance history for completeness. If necessary, it clarifies gaps in the insurance process.
  • The German pension insurance clarifies other facts, for example your health insurance relationship, whether you earn additional money or receive another pension.
  • If you are entitled to the child-raising pension, you will receive a pension notice with information on the start, the start of the current payment and the amount. Furthermore, you will be informed about your rights and obligations.
  • If you are not entitled to the parenting pension, you will receive a rejection notice with the reason for the rejection.

Pension application via online procedure:

  • Go to the online portal of the German Pension Insurance and register. For this purpose, you can use your signature card, your identity card with electronic proof of identity or your electronic residence title.
  • Fill out the parenting pension form and upload the necessary documents. After that, submit your pension application online.
  • When your pension application has arrived, you will receive a confirmation of receipt.
  • The German Pension Insurance checks your application for completeness and, if necessary, requests missing documents.
  • The German Pension Insurance checks the requirements for your pension entitlement and the insurance history for completeness. If necessary, it clarifies gaps in the insurance process.
  • The German pension insurance clarifies other facts, for example your health insurance relationship, whether you earn additional money or receive another pension.
  • If you are entitled to the child-raising pension, you will receive a pension notice with information on the start, the start of the current payment and the amount. Furthermore, you will be informed about your rights and obligations.
  • If you are not entitled to the parenting pension, you will receive a rejection notice with the reason for the rejection.

Personal application in the consultation:

  • Compile the required documents and make an appointment at an information and advice centre of the German Pension Insurance.
  • In the consultation, your application for parental pension is usually recorded electronically and forwarded online.
  • When your pension application has arrived, you will receive a confirmation of receipt.
  • The German Pension Insurance checks the application for completeness and, if necessary, requests missing documents.
  • The German Pension Insurance checks the requirements for your pension entitlement and your insurance history for completeness. If necessary, it clarifies gaps in the insurance process.
  • The German pension insurance clarifies further facts, for example your health insurance relationship, whether you earn additional income or receive an accident pension.
  • If you are entitled to the child-raising pension, you will receive a pension notice with information on the start, the start of the current payment and the amount. Furthermore, you will be informed about your rights and obligations.
  • If you are not entitled to the parenting pension, you will receive a rejection notice with the reason for the rejection.

A person you trust can also apply for a pension on your behalf. Please submit a corresponding power of attorney to the German Pension Insurance. As long as the power of attorney is valid, it is addressed exclusively to your authorized person.

  • Their marriage was divorced, annulled or annulled after 30 June 1977, or

  • in the event of the dissolution of the marriage before 1 July 1977, the maintenance claim was governed by GDR law,

  • Your divorced partner has died,

  • You are raising your own or a child of your former partner who is not yet 18 years old.

    • The child can also be a stepchild, foster child, grandchild or sibling.
    • If you are raising a disabled child, it may also be older than 18 years.
  • They did not remarry and did not register a new civil partnership.

  • You had at least 5 years of pension insurance until the death of your divorced partner (general waiting period).

  • They have not yet reached the standard age limit. This is the time from which you can receive the regular old-age pension

Child-raising pension in the event of a pension split

Parental pensions can also be paid to widowed insured persons if the marriage or registered civil partnership still existed at the time of death. The additional prerequisite is that the spouses have carried out a pension splitting.

  • valid identity card or passport

  • Evidence that is not recorded in the insurance history, for example:

    • Set-off certificates
    • Proof of own training periods
    • Proof of own unemployment
    • Evidence of own periods of illness
  • Death certificate of the partner

  • Marriage certificate/civil partnership certificate

  • Proof of dissolution of marriage or registered civil partnership

  • Information about your income

  • last pension adjustment notification of the deceased or other pension documents

  • If another person makes the request:

    • Power of attorney or
    • Order of the General Court

Payment of the child-raising pension

  • Your pension begins on the first of the calendar month at the beginning of which you meet the requirements if you apply within three calendar months.
  • If the application is submitted later, the pension will be paid to you from the month of application.

End of the child-raising pension

  • Your pension ends at the end of the month in which the conditions cease to apply. The requirements are omitted, for example, if you remarry, your child turns 18 or you reach the standard age limit.

usually about 4 months

§ 47 Sixth Book of the Social Code (SGB VI)

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

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