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Assert maintenance claims


Parents are obliged to provide for the maintenance of their children. If a parent does not live with his or her child in a household, he or she is obliged to pay maintenance through monetary payments. If the person liable for maintenance does not pay maintenance, the question arises for the single parent as to how he can proceed here.

A child has a legal right to maintenance. The Youth Welfare Office can provide legal advice to a single parent and offer further support.

Thus, letters to the other parent can be formulated and, if the economic circumstances of the other parent are known, the amount of the maintenance payments can be determined. If the latter is the case, a title can be obtained with which the maintenance can be seized. The measures to be taken depend on the individual case. This can be discussed in a personal conversation.

If the single parent so wishes, a support body can be set up. The Youth Welfare Office can then independently approach the paying parent on behalf of the child.

It can, for example,

  • calculate the amount of maintenance,
  • ask the parent to make payments,
  • control the receipt of payments,
  • if necessary, submit an application to the court for the determination of maintenance, and
  • have titled maintenance seized.

Even if an assistance is set up, there can be no guarantee that maintenance payments can actually be collected.

Assistance ends automatically when the child reaches the age of majority. Young adults can be advised on maintenance issues by the Youth Welfare Office until their 21st birthday. They can also be offered support in appropriate cases.

In the case of persons of legal age, not the parents, but only the children are advised by the Youth Welfare Office.

The mother of a child has her own maintenance claim against the father during the maternity leave period. The Youth Welfare Office can support the mother of a child for her own maintenance claims. If the father cares for the child immediately after birth, he has a maintenance claim against the mother. In this case, too, the Youth Welfare Office can offer advice and, in appropriate cases, support.

Make an appointment with the local youth welfare office. The appointment can also take place at home at your request.

An assistance service shall be set up upon written request.

The written application is informal and can be written by yourself or written at the local youth welfare office.

Please contact the local youth welfare office.

Parents receive advice up to the age of 18 for their child.

Children between the ages of 18 and 21 receive counselling.

The advice and support offered is free of charge.

In individual cases, costs may arise as a result of legal proceedings conducted within the framework of an assistance.

There are no special deadlines to be observed.

You can apply for assistance before the birth of the child if you are not married and the parents have not made joint declarations of custody. After the birth, you can apply for assistance at any time until the child is of legal age.

The exact processing time depends on the individual case.

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The Youth Welfare Office also does the following:

  • The Youth Welfare Office advises and supports you in asserting maintenance claims.
  • The Youth Welfare Office certifies: acknowledgements of paternity and consents, maintenance claims, declarations of custody for joint custody and acknowledgement of maternity.
  • The Youth Welfare Office issues certificates for unmarried mothers that there is no entry in the custody register and that the mother therefore has sole custody.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

The Senator for Social Affairs, Youth, Integration and Sport, Bremen

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