Enforce maintenance claims of a child living abroad in Germany in court Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

As a parent authorised to represent your child, you can submit a maintenance request to the Federal Office of Justice for your child through the central authority of the Contracting State where you and your child are staying. If the request is complete, the latter shall take all appropriate steps to enforce the maintenance claim. Pursuant to Section 5(5) of the Aug. This essentially includes verification of the residence of the dependent and his economic capacity. Depending on the case, a foreign title is declared enforceable in Germany or a maintenance title is obtained for the first time. If paternity has not yet been clarified, a paternity assessment procedure will be carried out beforehand. Where possible, a voluntary payment of maintenance will be made. In the absence of payments, enforcement is initiated. There are international conventions designed to simplify international maintenance matters. The convention applies depends on the country in which you and your child are habitually resident.

Applicant's identity card Birth certificate of the child All documents resulting from the maintenance obligation of the efficient person


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Preconditions
The parent claiming maintenance for the child is abroad. The application for child maintenance may be made by the parent who is entitled to parental care. The application may also be made before the child is born. The child must be a minor.
The Central Authority of the requesting State shall assist you to ensure that the application includes all the documents and information necessary for its examination after that authority's knowledge. The Central Authority then transmits the application documents, together with any necessary translations, to the Central Authority in Germany, the Federal Office of Justice. The Federal Office of Justice shall take all appropriate steps to enforce the maintenance claim if the request is complete. Pursuant to Section 5(5) of the Aug. This essentially includes verification of the residence of the dependent and his economic capacity. Depending on the case, a foreign title is declared enforceable in Germany or a maintenance title is obtained for the first time. If paternity has not yet been clarified, a paternity assessment procedure will be carried out beforehand. Where possible, a voluntary payment of maintenance will be made. In the absence of payments, enforcement is initiated. Depending on the international agreement, German courts may grant free legal aid for all applications made by a legitimate person in respect of maintenance obligations arising from a parent-child relationship with a person who has not yet reached the age of 21.

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Senator for Justice and Constitution of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen

Last update or date of publication
09.10.2020