responsibility finder
Schleswig-Holstein

Receive advice and assistance on child support issues from the youth welfare office

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Schleswig-Holstein (Linie6PLus)

Service Description

You are a single parent and get no money or too little money from the other parent for your child? Then you can get advice and support from the youth welfare office.

Parents are obliged to provide for the maintenance of their children. If you are raising your child alone, the other parent must pay child support. As a mother, you are already entitled to maintenance during maternity leave, as a father immediately after the birth of the child. If the other parent does not fulfill his or her obligation, the Youth Welfare Office can give you legal advice and offer further support.

You will discuss which measures need to be initiated together with the Youth Welfare Office in a personal meeting. The Youth Welfare Office will then help you formulate letters, determine the amount of child support payments or initiate a garnishment if necessary.

Guardianship

You can also set up a guardianship for your child at the Jugendamt. A guardianship is a special form of legal representation for children and young people. The Youth Welfare Office can then legally represent the child in the relevant proceedings and thus relieve you. For example, it can

  • request the father to acknowledge paternity and take the necessary documents,
  • arrange for the judicial clarification of paternity,
  • calculate your child's maintenance entitlement
  • periodically review the child support claim
  • record a deed of support,
  • enforce the child support claim in court
  • collect and control the alimony payments
  • determine the whereabouts and employer of the parent obligated to pay child support, and
  • Initiate enforcement actions.

You can apply for guardianship before the child is born if you are not married and have not made joint declarations of custody. After the birth, you can apply for guardianship at any time until the child reaches the age of majority. Your right of custody will not be restricted by this.

Terminating the guardianship

You can terminate the guardianship at any time by submitting a written declaration. It ends automatically when the child reaches the age of majority. He or she can then seek advice and support from the Youth Welfare Office until his or her 21st birthday.


Who should I contact?

Youth welfare office of the district or independent city.

Requirements
  • You are a single parent and your minor child has maintenance claims against the other parent, or
  • You are between 18 and 21 years old and have maintenance claims against one parent yourself.
Which documents are required?
  • for a consultation: no documents required
  • for a guardianship: informal written application
What are the fees?

Levy: free of charge
Court proceedings conducted within the framework of a guardianship may incur costs in individual cases.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

There is no deadline.

Processing duration

Upon receipt of the application, the Youth Welfare Office immediately becomes the child's guardian.
The guardianship ends as soon as the applicant or the applicant requests this in writing.

Legal basis
What else should I know?

Further information on the subject of child and youth welfare and guardianship can be found on the websites of the state government of Schleswig-Holstein and the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ).

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ)

Professionally released on

14.11.2022

Teaser

You are a single parent and get no money or too little money from the other parent for your child? Then you can get advice and support from the youth welfare office.

Who should I contact?

Youth welfare office of the district or independent city.

Requirements

  • You are a single parent and your minor child has maintenance claims against the other parent, or
  • You are between 18 and 21 years old and have maintenance claims against one parent yourself.

Which documents are required?

  • for a consultation: no documents required
  • for a guardianship: informal written application

What are the fees?

Levy: free of charge
Court proceedings conducted within the framework of a guardianship may incur costs in individual cases.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

There is no deadline.

Processing duration

Upon receipt of the application, the Youth Welfare Office immediately becomes the child's guardian.
The guardianship ends as soon as the applicant or the applicant requests this in writing.

Legal basis

What else should I know?

Further information on the subject of child and youth welfare and guardianship can be found on the websites of the state government of Schleswig-Holstein and the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ).

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ)

Professionally released on

14.11.2022

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