How much child benefit can you get in Germany?

How much child benefit can you get in Ge...

Child benefit is an important source of money for most parents which is paid every month regardless of the income in Germany.

The Familienkasse (Family Benefits Office) only pays child benefit to one person who is entitled - usually it is either the father or the mother. If the child lives in the same household as the parents, they must clarify to whom or to which account the child benefit fund should transfer the money. Grandparents can also be entitled to child benefit if they live with their grandchildren.

Important thing is that the Familienkasse pays out child benefits only six months retrospectively - from receipt of the application.

Amount of child benefit in a month

since July 1st, 2019 from 01/01/2021
First child and second child 204 EUR 219 EUR
Third child 210 EUR 225 EUR
Every additional child  235 EUR 250 EUR 

For which children and in which age?

which children which age
 All children from birth to 18th birthday
 Children in education (students)  from 18th to 25th birthday
Disabled children  beyond the age of 25

If the parents of the child live in different EU countries and there is no common household, the parent with whom the child mainly lives is entitled to child benefit. This can also be in another EU country.


The child lives with its mother in Romania and therefore does not have a place of residence in Germany. The father who is divorced from his mother and lives in Germany is not entitled to child benefit. The mother living in Romania is eligible.

Apply for a child benefit with NeoTax online, in a few minutes. You don't have to pay anything in advance.

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