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 child in a household, he or she is obliged to pay the maintenance by means of cash payments. But this parent doesn't always do this. There may be several reasons for this. The question for those affected is how they can proceed here. A child has a legal right to maintenance. The Youth Office can provide legal advice and further support to a single parent. In this way, letters can be formulated to the other parent and, if the economic circumstances of the other parent are known, the amount of maintenance payments can be determined. If the latter is the case, a title can be created with which maintenance can be forcibly enforced. However, the means are always individual and can be discussed in a personal conversation. If the single parent so wishes, an assistance can be set up. The Youth Office can then, on behalf of the child, approach the paying parent independently. For example, it can be calculate the maintenance amount, ask the parent to make payments, control the receipt of payments, file an action if necessary, and have the maintenance seized. Even if assistance is set up, it cannot be guaranteed that maintenance payments can actually be collected. Assistance ends automatically when the child comes of age. Young adult persons can be advised by the Youth Office on maintenance issues until their 21st birthday. They may also be offered support in appropriate cases. In the case of adults, it is not the parents who are advised by the Youth Office, but only the children. The mother of a child has her own maintenance claim against the father during the maternity leave period. The Youth Office may advise and assist 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. When the father looks after the child immediately after birth, he has a maintenance claim against the mother. In this case, too, the Youth Office may offer advice and, in appropriate cases, assistance.

Any documents that may already exist can be helpful. This can, for example, legal letters, Court decisions on maintenance, if necessary, the divorce judgment and the birth certificate(s) of the children Payrolls be. In addition, you must bring: Applicant's identity card Account connection data if applicable Birth certificate of the child What is still necessary in individual cases will be clarified in a personal conversation. Before visiting the Youth Office, it is recommended to register in advance by phone.


Parents receive counselling until the age of 18 of their child. Children receive counselling between the ages of 18 and 21.
The counselling and support services are offered by the youth services on their own responsibility. Office hours vary depending on the youth office. An assistance shall be established by means of a written application. This application is informal and can be written by yourself or written by the local youth office. Before visiting the Youth Office, it is usually useful to contact the youth office by telephone.