Enforcement of child support in a faster, simpler court procedure Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

For a minor child of separated parents, reasonable maintenance may be demanded from the party liable to pay maintenance.

Maintenance for a minor child of separated - married or unmarried - parents can be claimed by the maintenance obligor at the family court in a regular (contentious) or also in a simplified maintenance procedure. The simplified procedure must be applied for using a form. It can lead to an enforcement order (maintenance determination order) faster and more cost-effectively than contentious maintenance proceedings.

You can ask staff at the Youth Welfare Office or a lawyer for advice on whether this form of procedure is suitable in your case.

for the applicant/applicant:

  • The form "Antrag auf Festsetzung von Unterhalt nach § 249 FamFG (Vereinfachtes Verfahren)" - available at the youth welfare office or at any local court.
  • A statement on the income and financial circumstances of the child and the parents (if known)
  • Any proof and evidence of the income situation

for the respondent:

  • Objection form -
    available from the local court


  • relevant evidence and supporting documents
    • Application for the determination of maintenance in accordance with § 249 FamFG (Simplified Procedure)
    • Objection form

Preconditions

The requirements for the simplified procedure for the determination of maintenance are:

  • Maintenance is to be paid
    • for a minor child or
    • for an adult child for the past period of minority.
  • No court has already ruled on the child support claim or no legal child support proceedings have yet been initiated in the court.
  • There is not yet an enforceable child support order (for example, a Jugendamtsurkunde).
  • The requested maintenance for the child is not higher than 1.2 times the minimum maintenance.

You are entitled to assert the claim for maintenance as the

  • custodial parent with whom the minor child lives, or
  • the person or body legally representing the child.

Related Links

  • §§ 1601 ff. Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch (BGB)
  • § 111 Nr. 8 Gesetz über das Verfahren in Familiensachen und in den Angelegenheiten der freiwilligen Gerichtsbarkeit (FamFG) für Familienstreitsachen
  • § 112 Nr. 1 Gesetz über das Verfahren in Familiensachen und in den Angelegenheiten der freiwilligen Gerichtsbarkeit (FamFG) für Familienstreitsachen
  • § 113 Abs. 1 Gesetz über das Verfahren in Familiensachen und in den Angelegenheiten der freiwilligen Gerichtsbarkeit (FamFG) für Familienstreitsachen
  • § 114 Abs. 1 Gesetz über das Verfahren in Familiensachen und in den Angelegenheiten der freiwilligen Gerichtsbarkeit (FamFG) für Familienstreitsachen
  • §§ 249 ff. Gesetz über das Verfahren in Familiensachen und in den Angelegenheiten der freiwilligen Gerichtsbarkeit (FamFG)

Related Links

  • Informationen zum Thema Unterhalt siehe

You must submit the application using the application form, which can be obtained from the youth welfare office or the local court. The form is also available for download.

  • You make the application as the entitled person
    • either in your own name for the child
      • if you are married to the other parent and you live separately or
      • a matrimonial case is pending between you.
    • or in the name of the child as its legal representative.
  • You submit the completed and signed application, together with the necessary supporting documents, to your competent family court at the local court.
  • The court will notify the respondent in writing that a child support order has been filed.
  • The person liable for maintenance is given the opportunity to raise objections within one month:
    • The law only provides for objections by the defendant to be considered in simplified maintenance proceedings under narrow circumstances.
  • For clarification purposes, the defendant must disclose his or her income and financial circumstances:
    • encloses relevant supporting documents.
    • states the extent to which he or she is prepared to pay maintenance.
  • The court will inform you of any objections and the information provided.
  • If the defendant agrees to pay maintenance in whole or in part, or raises no objections or only inadmissible objections, the court will make an order fixing the maintenance accordingly.
  • Note: Otherwise, the simplified procedure fails and, on application, is transferred to the contentious procedure.

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Last update or date of publication
02.07.2021