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Reciprocal maintenance claims by the parents

A child's father and mother can claim maintenance from each other if they are living separately and are/were married to each other.

The mother of a child born outside marriage can only claim maintenance from the child's father in exceptional circumstances, e.g. for six weeks before and eight weeks after the birth of the child.

The child.s entitlement to maintenance

Every child entitled to maintenance, regardless of whether it is born in or out of marriage, is entitled to receive the standard maintenance based on the Düsseldorf Table (see www.bmfsfj.de).

If, for example, the mother meets her maintenance obligations by looking after and bringing up the child, the father is required to make a monthly maintenance payment. The amount depends on the age of the child and the income of the parent required to pay maintenance. If the latter only earns a low income, the requirement to pay maintenance is calculated up the amount needed to cover his own upkeep. Information on child maintenance, child custody, etc is available in the leaflet "Das Kindschaftsrecht" published by the Federal Ministry of Justice.

Information can be obtained from the relevant Youth Welfare Office / Jugendamt.

for the city area of Giessen:

Jugendamt der Stadt Gießen

Berliner Platz 1
D-35390 Gießen
Phone 0641 306-1377
Fax 0641 306-2381

Consultation times:
Mon – Fri 08.00 – 12.00 and 14.00 - 16.00
and by appointment

for the district of Giessen:

Fachdienst Jugend und Soziales

des Landkreis Gießen
Riversplatz 1 - 9
D-35390 Gießen
Phone 0641 9390-0
Fax 0641 9390-9150

Consultation times:
by appointment

for Friedberg and Wetteraukreis:

Kreisausschuss des Wetteraukreises

Kinder, Jugend, Familie und Frauen
D-61169 Friedberg
Phone 06031 833-0
Fax 06031 831313

for Fulda:

Amt für Jugend und Familie

Bonifatiusplatz 1 + 3
D-36037 Fulda
Phone 0661 102-1900

Consultation times:
Mon - Thu 08.30 – 12.30 and 14.00 bis 16.00
Fri 08.30 – 13.00

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