Maintenance attraction

If the other parent does not provide maintenance, you can get support from the assistance and get advice on how to proceed.

Parents are obliged to provide maintenance to their children. If a parent does not live with his or her child in a household, he 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, in the form of assistance, can advise children and their affected parents and support them in asserting the claim.

For example, the assistance can help to determine the amount of the maintenance payments and possibly also create a title with which the maintenance can be enforced.

However, the means to be initiated are always individual and can be discussed in a personal conversation.


  • Identity card of the applicant
  • If applicable, account connection data
  • Birth certificate of the child
  • Furthermore, all documents that may already exist (such as letters from a lawyer, maintenance title, etc.) are helpful.



  • Children receive counselling up to the age of 21.

Related Links

  • Social Code (SGB) - Eighth Book (VIII) - Child and Youth Welfare

Advice, support, assistance:

  • Assistance can be set up in person or requested via a written request.
  • A personal interview makes sense. For this purpose, an appointment is made, which usually takes 30 to 60 minutes.

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The Senator for Social Affairs, Youth, Integration and Sport

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