Receive advice and support in the assertion of maintenance claims Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

Parents are obliged to provide maintenance to 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. However, this parent does not always do this. There can be various reasons for this. For those affected, the question arises as to how they 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 created with which the maintenance can be enforced. However, the means are always individual and 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, file a lawsuit if necessary, and have arrears of 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 may 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 advise the mother of a child for her own maintenance claims in the period six weeks before and eight weeks after the birth of the child and support her in appropriate cases. 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.

All documents that may already exist can be helpful. This can be, for example, legal letters, court decisions on maintenance, if applicable, the divorce decree and the birth certificate(s) of the child(s) Payroll be. You must also bring: Identity card of the applicant If applicable, account connection data Birth certificate of the child What is still required in individual cases will be clarified in a personal conversation. Before visiting the Youth Welfare Office, it is advisable to register in advance by telephone.


Parents receive advice up to the age of 18 for their child. Children between the ages of 18 and 21 receive counselling.
The counselling and support services are offered by the youth welfare offices on their own responsibility. The office hours vary depending on the Youth Welfare Office. Assistance shall be established by means of a written request. This application is informal and can be written by yourself or written at the local youth welfare office. Before a visit to the Youth Welfare Office, it is usually useful to contact us by telephone.

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The Senator for Social Affairs, Youth, Integration and Sport

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