Why do men pay child benefit

This is what parents need to know about child benefit

For parents there is nothing more important in life than their children. But in addition to all the beautiful moments that the offspring gives them, children also cost a lot of money. In order to relieve families financially, the state provides child benefit. However, this is not a social benefit, but a tax allowance that is intended to secure the subsistence level of the children.

Who gets child benefit?

The entitlement to child benefit ariseswith the birth of the first child, whereby parents must apply for child benefit. It is not paid out automatically. In addition, the following requirements must be met:

  • Children have to be inhouseholdof parents or legal guardians (e.g. adoptive stepparents, foster parents or grandparents).
  • Parents have theirsresidenceor habitual residence in Germany.
  • Legal guardians who are not resident in Germany are unlimited in this countrytaxable.

Full orphans and children who do not know the whereabouts of their legal guardians can apply for support for themselves.

How do parents apply for child benefit?

If parents want to assert their right to child benefit, they must submit the child benefit application toresponsible family benefits office Submit. Civil servants and employees in the public service, on the other hand, apply for the benefit from their employer or the remuneration office.

The relevant family benefits office provide a corresponding form for applying for child benefit.

Child benefit is paid for every month, in which the relevant requirements are met for at least one day. If the child was born on January 31st, full support is available for January. In order to get the amount paid out, the following documents or information are required:


Retroactive application for child benefit

Anyone who has failed to apply for child benefit in good time can receive the payment for the past six months with a retroactive child benefit application.

How long is there child benefit?

Basically, there is child benefit from the month of birthuntil the end of the 18th year of life. Nevertheless, under certain conditions it can be paid up to the end of the 25th year of life. To do this, however, the offspring must be in training or be unemployed. These age limits apply:

Both Vocational training as well as a Education. If the child cannot start or continue his work due to a lack of an apprenticeship place, the rules for children in training still apply. This applies if the offspring has demonstrably applied for an apprenticeship or study place.

Does the offspring already have one Vocational training or university degree completed, the child benefit only exists if the child is not engaged in any professional activity with more than 20 hours of regular working hours per week.


  • According to legal regulations, the family benefits office or the employer may only pay out the child benefit to the parent with whom the child islives permanently after the separation. The service provider must be informed immediately if the child is moving. Otherwise, the child benefit paid can be reclaimed by the competent authority.

  • EU foreigners living in Germany have unlimited entitlement to child benefit. The same requirements apply to them as to German parents. Citizens from non-EU countries living in this country need onepermanent residence permitor another residence permit.

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In addition to child benefit, young families are entitled to parental benefit for the period after the birth. The amount depends on the income and the number of children. A look at the free parental allowance calculator shows how much support parents can expect.

How much is the child benefit?

Child benefit in Germany is based on the subsistence level of the children and therefore serves the basic needs. There is oneGraduation of child benefitwhich is measured by the number of children. In order to take into account the rising cost of living, there is regularly more support from the state. The next increase will take effect on July 1, 2021. Until then, the following amounts apply:

The child benefit is paid monthly by theFamily benefits of the responsible employment agency paid out. Civil servants and employees in the public service receive support from the employer or the employer. If the child lives with both parents, they determine which of them receives the child benefit.

What is the child allowance?

The child allowance is a supplement to the child benefit for families with low incomes. He willpaid together with child benefit. Parents or legal guardians must meet these requirements in order to receive the child allowance:

  • reference of child benefit or a comparable benefit
  • Gross income is at least 900 euros for parents or 600 euros per month for single parents
  • There is an income plus child allowance no entitlement to unemployment benefit II and social benefit more

The child allowance is paid for children who are under 25 years of age, who are unmarried and who still live in their parents' household. The parent who receives the child benefit also receives the child allowance.

Parents receive a maximum of 185 euros per month and child. The actual amount depends on the income and assets of the parents and children. Usually the child allowance is granted for six months. It is paid out from the month in which the application is submitted, but not retrospectively. The transfer of child benefit and child allowance takes place on the same day.

Where is the child allowance applied for?

If parents meet the requirements for child allowance, they can fill out the family benefits application form. In addition, certificates of earnings as well as declarations of assets and accommodation costs must be submitted. The parents hand in the application to the family benefits office, signed by hand.

When is child benefit paid?

The following apply to the payment of child benefit and child allowance fixed dates. These depend on the final digit of the personal child benefit number. The payment dates for child benefit 2020 are listed below:

  • January 3rd
    February 5th
    3 March
    2nd of April
    May 6th
    June 4th
    3rd of July
    5th of August
    September 4th
    5th October
    November 4th
    3rd of December

  • January 8th
    February 6th
    4th of March
    3rd of April
    May 7th
    June 5th
    July 6th
    6th of August
    7th of September
    October 7th
    November 5th
    December 4th

  • January 9th
    February 7th
    5. March
    April 6
    8th of May
    8th June
    7th of July
    August 7th
    September 8th
    8th October
    November 6th
    December 7th

  • 10. January
    February 10th
    6th March
    7th of April
    May 11th
    June 9th
    8th of July
    August 10
    September 9th
    9th October
    November 9th
    December 8th

  • 13th January
    February 11th
    March 10th
    April 8th
    May 13th
    the 10th of June
    July 9
    August 11th
    September 10
    12th of October
    November 10th
    9th of December

  • January 14th
    February 12th
    March 11
    9th April
    May 14th
    15th June
    10th of July
    12. August
    September 11
    October 14th
    November 11th
    10th of December

  • 15. January
    13th February
    March 12th
    April 15th
    May 15
    June 16
    July 13th
    August 14th
    September 14th
    15th October
    November 12th
    11th December

  • January 16
    14th of February
    March 13th
    April 16
    May 18
    17th of June
    15th of July
    17th August
    16th September
    October, 16th
    November 13th
    December 14th