Maintenance refers to the expenses required for a person's livelihood.

Maintenance refers to the expenses required for a person's livelihood. Essentially, a distinction must be made between child support and spousal maintenance.

Child support:
Insofar as a separated parent cares for a minor child, he or she usually fulfils his or her maintenance obligation by raising and caring for the child. The other parent owes cash maintenance.
There is a so-called increased maintenance obligation towards minor children. This means that the person liable for cash maintenance must do everything reasonable to ensure the maintenance of the child. The amount of cash maintenance is calculated according to the Düsseldorf table. Decisive factors are the income of the person liable for maintenance to be credited and the age of the child.

In principle, adult children are only entitled to maintenance if they are in education or are not fully available on the labour market due to illness, i.e. cannot pay for their own livelihood.

If no or no regular maintenance can be obtained from the maintenance debtor, children of single parents up to the age of 18 can receive maintenance from the maintenance advance fund. The prerequisite for this is, among other things, that children over the age of twelve are not dependent on SGB II benefits or that their single parent earns at least 600 euros in SGB II benefits.

If a spouse is unable to provide for his or her own maintenance after separation or divorce, he or she is entitled to maintenance against the other spouse under certain conditions.

Related Links

  • Maintenance guidelines of the Higher Regional Court of Schleswig-Holstein


Further information on child maintenance can be found in the free brochure "Child Law" of the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection.
Further information on assistance can be found in the free brochure "Die Beistandschaft" of the Federal Ministry for Families, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.

Further information on the maintenance advance can be found in the free brochure "Der Unterhaltsvorschuss - Eine Hilfe für Alleinriehende" of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth or in the youth welfare office responsible for you locally.

  • Child law
  • Assistance

§§ 1569 ff. Civil Code (BGB).

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  • §§ 1569 ff. BGB

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