Apply for parental allowance

If you look after your child after birth, the parental allowance compensates for missing income.

Parental allowance is a benefit for parents of infants and toddlers. It replaces part of the lost income if you want to be there for your child after birth and interrupt or restrict your professional work. Parental allowance is also available for parents who had no income at all before birth.

Parental allowance is available in three variants:
Basic parental allowance
Partnership bonus

ElterngeldPlus and the partnership bonus support you in particular if you share employment and family work in partnership after birth.

Even if you are a single parent, you can apply for the different variants. Parental allowance is also possible for adopted children and children in adoption care.

As a parent, you can decide for yourself who takes advantage of the parental allowance for what period of time. In the application, you must specify for which months of your child's life you would like to apply for parental allowance and which parental allowance variant you choose.

The amount of parental allowance is calculated individually. The calculation is based on the income you had before the birth and that disappears after the birth. If you had no income at all before the birth or no income disappears after the birth, you will receive a minimum amount. In the case of basic parental allowance, this is at least EUR 300.00 per month.

Tip: As an aid to planning and calculation, you can use the parental allowance calculator of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs.

Related Links

  • Information (and chatbot) on benefits such as parental allowance and parental leave, maintenance advance and the child supplement
  • Application form
  • Birth certificate or birth certificate of your child
  • Proof of income
  • Certificate of receipt of maternity benefit
  • Certificate of employer subsidy
  • Confirmation of working hours in the case of employment during the receipt of parental allowance

Depending on your individual situation, further documents may be required. Further information can be found in the application documents.

Forms available: Yes

Written form required: Yes

Informal application possible: No

Personal appearance necessary: No

Online services available: partially (depending on the federal state)


You can receive parental allowance if you meet the following requirements:

  • You look after and educate your child yourself,
  • You are resident in Germany or usually stay here,
  • You live with your child in a common household,
  • They are either not gainfully employed at all or usually do not work more than 32 hours per week,
    • With the limit of 32 hours per week, there are several special features, for example, on vacation or when you study or do an apprenticeship.
  • Their taxable income did not exceed EUR 250,000. For parent couples, the limit is usually EUR 300,000.


In the case of complaints for which the parental allowance office could not remedy, you can contact the respective supervisory authority of the federal state.

Related Links

  • ยงยง 1 to 4d Federal Parental Allowance and Parental Leave Act (BEEG)

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