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Child allowance (Kindergeld)

Parents are entitled to a child benefit (Kindergeld) if their main or usual place of residence is in Germany, regardless of their income. Only one person can receive the child benefit (Kindergeld) for the same child. The child benefit (Kindergeld) entitlement is legally governed by the German Income Tax Act (EStG) and the German Federal Child Benefit Act (BKGG). It is staggered based on the number of children, and is currently 194 € per month for the first and second child, 200 € for the third child, and 225 € from the fourth child.

 

Child benefit (Kindergeld) cannot be used by students with a residency permit as per § 16 of the German Residence Act!

 

The “Child Benefit (Kindergeld) info sheet” issued by the Central Federal Taxation Office” provides detailed information on the child benefit (Kindergeld).

 

The local Family Benefits Office of the Federal Employment Agency organises counselling services and applications. The Counselling Centre for Social & International Affairs – BeSI also offers advice.

Child support

  Mothers and fathers are obliged to support their children. If parents are separated, the parent with whom the child lives generally fulfils this obligation by caring for and raising the child, i.e. child support in kind. The other parent is obliged to make cash payments. The parent with custody over the child is responsible for clarifying the child’s support entitlements. A voluntary support obligation can be drawn up free of charge by the Youth Affairs Office, or by a notary for a free. The support entitlement may have to be clarified judicially so that, in the event of a dispute if the support payment is not made, assets can be seized.

The support allowance amount depends on the income of the parent obliged to provide the support. Certain exemptions/limits apply.
The “Düsseldorf Table” provides a guide for this.

The departments for guardianship at the youth welfare offices, the Hamburg public legal services office (Öffentliche Rechtsauskunft- und Vergleichsstelle Hamburg (ÖRA)), lawyers and notaries all offer advice on support claims for mothers and their children. 

Advance payment of support allowance

If the parent obliged to provide child support does not pay enough for this, single parents who are studying can receive an advance payment of support allowance from the Youth Affairs Office. According to the German Act on Advance Payment of Support Allowance (Unterhaltsvorschussgesetz), a child receives support allowance in advance if, he/she: has his/her primary or usual place of residence in Germany, lives in the same household as the single parent and does not receive the standard minimum support amount from the other parent. The advance payment of support allowance, is 160 € per month for children up to the age of five and 212 € per month for children aged six to eleven. Children between the ages of twelve and seventeen can receive € 282 per month if the child does not depend on benefits under the German Social Code Volume Two (SGB II) or if the single parent benefits from SGB II and has an income of at least 600 € gross. The advance payment of support allowance is made monthly in advance and ends no later than the child’s eighteenth birthday.

Advance payment of support allowance cannot be used by students with a residence permit as per § 16 of the German Residence Act!
The “Child allowance info sheet” issued by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth provides detailed information on the advance payment of support allowance.

The local Youth Affairs Office organizes counselling services and applications. Persons residing in Hamburg can find their Youth Affairs Office here, everyone else can find theirs here.

The Counselling Centre for Social & International Affairs – BeSI also offers counselling.

Social benefits

Students in need can request benefits under the German Social Code Volume Two (social benefits) for their child, even if they themselves are receiving BAföG payments. To do this, the child’s income (support, child allowance etc.) must not exceed the minimum income requirement (standard benefit plus appropriate proportionate rent including heating). The benefit entitlement ceases to apply if the child´s needs can be covered by prior benefits (housing allowance, child allowance).


Social benefits cannot be used by students with a residency permit as per § 16 of the German Residence Act!

Applications are lodged at the local job centre or service provider under German Social Code Volume II. Persons residing in Hamburg can find their job centre here, everyone else can find theirs here.

The Counselling Centre for Social & International Affairs – BeSI also offers counselling.

Allowances for education and participation

Children and teenagers from families receiving the ALG II unemployment benefits, social benefits, welfare, housing allowances, child allowances, or benefits under the Asylum Seeker Benefits Act can receive benefits for education and participation in social and cultural life. This includes 100 € a year for school materials and class excursions, as well as allowances for lunch at the day care centres and schools, to promote learning and involvement in social and cultural activities (membership at sports clubs, music lessons, etc.).


These services cannot be used by students with a residency permit as per § 16 of the German Residence Act!

The Hamburg education package website contains detailed information on this.

Applications are lodged with the competent centres.

The Counselling Centre for Social & International Affairs – BeSI offers counselling.

Assumption of child care costs

Children living in Hamburg

To relieve themselves of the costs of child care at a day care centre or from a childminder, parents living in Hamburg can request a day care centre voucher or day care permit, which pay for most of the costs. The amount to be paid by the parents depends on the care service, care duration, family size and family income. The extent of the care is based on the number of hours worked as part of a job/study. For full-time study plus commuting times, an eight-hour block is usually approved.

The Hamburg day care centre information system provides detailed information on child care in Hamburg.

Children living in another state

Children living outside Hamburg can be looked after at Hamburg day care centres if the city/municipality in which they are registered declares it will bear the costs. No legal claim can be made for this bearing of costs. It often depends on whether or not the care requirement can also be met locally.

Children living in another state

For counselling and applications, contact the centre responsible for child day-care, or the local childminding agency (Tagespflegebörse).

The Counselling Centre for Social & International Affairs – BeSI also offers counselling.

Kids meal

The Studierendenwerk Hamburg supports students with children by offering attractive services, which is why we introduced the free kids meal at our canteens in the 2010/2011 winter semester. Children of students enrolled at the universities serviced by the Studierendenwerk each receive a free meal at all of the Studierendenwerk Hamburg’s cafeterias, as well as in the Café Canela, Café dell’Arte and Café Alexanderstraße, until the age of 12, upon presentation of their YoungsterCard.


This offer applies for all hot meals and is issued on a special kids meal. Student passes must be shown at the meal supply area and the check-out.

Students can request the YoungsterCard for their children directly from the relevant cafeteria management. A temporary certificate will be issued upon completion of the application form. Or you can send the application by post to the university dining service. The card will also be mailed out to you.

Contact

Counselling Centre for Social & International Affairs – BeSI

Grindelallee 9

3rd floor

20146 Hamburg

Telephone: +49 / 40 / 419 02 - 155

Fax: +49 / 40 / 419 02 - 6180

besi@studierendenwerk-hamburg.de

Personal counselling without prior appointment

Mon 12.30 pm - 3.00 pm

Tue 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Thu 9.30 am - 12.00 pm and 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Fri 9.30 am - 12.00 pm

and also counselling by appointment

In the morning an at the beginning of the counselling hours you usually have a shorter waiting time. Thank you for your understanding!

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