Apply for child benefit

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The payment of child benefit does not depend on your income. It amounts to 250.00 euros for each child.

In principle, you are entitled to child benefit from the birth of your child until the 18th birthday. Even after that, you may be entitled to child benefit, but at most until your child's 25th birthday:

  • Children between 18 and 21 years of age: You will receive child benefit if
    • your child is not gainfully employed and
    • is registered as a job seeker.
  • Children between 18 and 25: You get child benefit if
    • Your child is in training (school/job/study),
    • your child is in a transitional period lasting a maximum of four months, for example between leaving school and vocational training or a recognized voluntary service,
    • your child cannot start or continue his/her training because he/she has not found a training place,
    • your child is doing a recognized voluntary service,
    • your child has already completed initial vocational training but is still in training, for example, and is working a maximum of 20 hours per week on the side.

If your child has a disability and cannot support himself or herself financially, you are still entitled to child benefit after your child's 25th birthday. However, the disability must have occurred before the child's 25th birthday and must be the reason why your child cannot support himself or herself financially.

Child benefit will be paid to you if your child lives in your sole household. If the child lives with both parents, you can decide together which of you should receive the child benefit.

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Thüringen (Linie6PLus)

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