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Maintenance advances / Unterhaltsvorschuss

If the parent liable to pay maintenance does not pay sufficient maintenance for the child, students who are single parents can receive a maintenance advance from the Youth Welfare Office / Jugendamt.

In accordance with the Act on Advance Maintenance Payments / Unterhaltsvorschussgesetz, a child is paid a maintenance advance if, for example, it:

  • is living or has its normal place of residence in Germany;
  • lives here with a single parent in one household;
  • does not receive from the other parent a minimum maintenance equal to the regular needs;

If the child and the single parent do not have German nationality, they must show their settlement or residence permit.

Since 1 July 2017, the monthly benefits under the Act on Advance Maintenance Payments are as follows:

For children from 0 to 5 years of age € 150
For children from 6 to 11 years of age € 201
For children from 12 to 18 years of age € 268

The maintenance advance is paid each month in advance.

Benefits under the Act on Advance Maintenance Payments can be paid retrospectively for one month before the month in which the application is received by the relevant office.

Information can be obtained from the relevant Youth Welfare Office.

General information is provided in the leaflet on the maintenance advance published (in German) by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth can be ordered on https://www.bmfsfj.de/bmfsfj/themen/familie/familienleistungen.

As of 1 March 2020, working students with a residence permit for study purposes are also entitled to so-called family benefits - child benefit, parental benefit, maintenance advance payment - (previously § 16, in future § 16b AufenthG). The previous entitlement of students from the EU, EEA, Switzerland, Turkey, the former Yugoslavia, Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria, which is regulated by intergovernmental agreements, continues to exist regardless of the above-mentioned change.

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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