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How is child support calculated?

Children, who are not yet able to support themselves, have a right to be supported by their parents. As long as the child is under age, the parent who cares for the child claims child support from the maintenance debtor.

In case the parents live separately, the parent who does not live together with his/her child, must pay money for the child´s support. The amount of the support first of all depends on the net income and maintenance obligation for other children of the maintenance debtor. The percentages of net income of the maintenance debtor are scaled according to the child´s age. Possible payments in kind such as school costs or the financing of an apartment are added to the money claims. A minimum support (the so-called “Regelbedarf”) and a maximum support (the Playboy limit) must be considered.

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