Families need support, which is why all kinds of legal and financial help are available to make life somewhat easier for parents.
The most important assistance provided is child benefit. If you live and work in Germany, you will receive child benefit for each of your children. Currently it is around 200 euros per month, and somewhat higher for the third and subsequent children.
After the birth of their child, parents can spend up to three years on parental leave. During this time, your job will be safe until you return. Your employer cannot terminate your contract.
If you or your partner wish to look after your child yourself and want to reduce your working hours or stay at home full-time for this purpose, you are entitled to parental allowance for a period of twelve months after the birth of your child. This amounts to roughly two thirds of your monthly net income; at least 300 euros and 1,800 euros at the most.
You can receive ElterngeldPlus (parental allowance plus) for twice as long as the basic parental allowance: one month of basic parental allowance equates to two months of ElterngeldPlus, which is why the latter is only half as much.
If you and your partner share the child care equally, the period in which you will receive parental allowance can be extended by two or four months.
Good to know:
- Each of your children will receive child benefit – roughly 200 euros per month.
- Parental allowance is paid for up to 14 months, and can even be paid for up to 36 months in the form of ElterngeldPlus. You can also combine the different variants.
- You can opt to take parental leave until your child’s third birthday. You can also take part of the parental leave between the child’s third and eighth birthday.
Guidance for families with a tool to calculate parental allowance:
Information for international researchers:
Information about the help and possible financial support that is available:
www.familienhandbuch.de (only in German)