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How to get Child support advance or Unterhaltsvorschuss in Germany

Updated: Apr 6, 2023

The maintenance advance is a special aid for children of single parents. Maintenance advances can be obtained by single parents who are not receiving child support or don't receive it regularly from the other parent.

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It is usually difficult for single parents to raise their children alone. It is exacerbated if the child does not receive maintenance from the other parent, or does not receive it on time. Under the Maintenance Advance Payment Act, the maintenance payment should ease this special life situation.

Who receives an advance on alimony?

Children who live with a single parent and receive no or no regular maintenance from the other parent are entitled to an advance maintenance payment.

There is no income limit for the single parent. It is not necessary to obtain a court order for maintenance against the other parent. In case the other parent is unable to pay the child maintenance, the state will claim the payment made as a maintenance advance.

Here are the details:

Children up to the age of 12 (until the 12th birthday) can receive maintenance advances without time restrictions.

Children between the ages of 12 and 18 (until the 18th birthday) can also receive maintenance advances. The prerequisite for this is that they are not dependent on benefits under the second book of the Social Security Code (SGB II) or that the single parent earns at least 600 euros gross in SGB II.

Amount of maintenance advance

Maintenance advances are based on the age of the children and have been monthly since January 1, 2022:

for children from 0 to 5 years up to 177 euros,

for children from 6 to 11 years up to 236 euros,

for children from 12 to 17 years up to 314 euros.

Please check the family portal for the current information on Unterhaltsvorschuss.

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