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Apply for parental allowance


Parental allowance is a benefit for parents of infants and young children. It replaces part of the lost income if you want to be there for your child after the birth and interrupt or reduce your professional work. Parental allowance is also available for parents who had no income at all before the birth.

There are three types of parental allowance:
- Basic parental allowance
- Parental allowance plus
- Partnership bonus

Parental Allowance Plus and the partnership bonus provide particular support if you share the work and family responsibilities after the birth.

Even if you are a single parent, you can apply for the various options. Parental allowance is also available for adopted children and children in foster care.

As parents, you can decide for yourself who receives parental allowance and for how long. In the application, you must specify the months of your child's life for which you would like to apply for parental allowance and which parental allowance variant you choose.

The amount of parental allowance is calculated individually. The calculation is based on the income you had before the birth and which ceases after the birth. If you had no income before the birth or no income after the birth, you will receive a minimum amount. For basic parental allowance, this is at least EUR 300.00 per month.

Tip: You can use the parental allowance calculator from the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs to help you plan and calculate.

Special notes for - Single Municipality Meppen

Responsibilities

  • Citizens of the city of Meppen : Parental allowance office of the city of Meppen
  • Citizens of the city of Lingen: Parental allowance office of the city of Lingen
  • Citizens of the city of Papenburg: Parental allowance office of the city of Papenburg
  • Citizens of other towns and municipalities in the district of Emsland: Parental allowance office of the district of Emsland

Basic parental allowance can be received from birth until the child is 14 months old. One parent can claim basic parental allowance for a minimum of two months (minimum period of entitlement) and a maximum of twelve months. Under certain conditions, the other parent can receive basic parental allowance for a further two months. Single parents can also receive two additional months of basic parental allowance under certain conditions.

Instead of one month of Basic Parental Allowance, Parental Allowance Plus can be claimed for two months at a time.

Parents who work at least 24 and no more than 32 hours per week on average in two to four consecutive months are entitled to two to four additional months of Parental Allowance Plus. Single parents can also receive two to four additional months of parental allowance plus as bonus months, subject to the above conditions.

Information on Parental Allowance Plus and Parental Allowance on the website of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ)


Family benefits information tool
We would also like to draw your attention to a new service offered by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. The Federal Ministry has launched the "Family Benefits Information Tool" - www.infotool-familie.de. The idea is that (expectant) parents and families can use the tool to find out which benefits and other support services are potentially available to them by entering just a few details. The tool also provides answers to the question of where and how these can be applied for. If you are interested, please click here www.infotool-familie.de.

Process flow

Parental allowance must be applied for in writing after the birth of the child.

Information, explanations and applications as well as the parental allowance office responsible for your place of residence are also available on the website of the Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Labor, Health and Equality.

Who should I contact?

In Lower Saxony, responsibility lies with the administrative districts, independent cities and municipalities belonging to the region and, in individual cases (on application), with large independent cities or independent municipalities in which you are resident or habitually resident. In cases of posting, secondment, transfer or secondment without residence in Germany, jurisdiction is based on your last place of residence in Germany or the registered office of the posting body.

Requirements

You can receive parental allowance if you meet the following requirements:

  • You look after and bring up your child yourself,
  • You have a place of residence in Germany or usually stay here,
  • You live with your child in a shared household,
  • You are either not employed at all or do not usually work more than 32 hours per week,
    • There are several exceptions to the limit of 32 hours per week, for example if you are on vacation or if you are studying or training.
  • For births after August 31, 2021 and before April 1, 2024: Your taxable income did not exceed EUR 250,000. For parent couples, the limit is EUR 300,000.
  • For births from April 1, 2024, the income limit for couples and single parents is a uniform EUR 200,000 taxable income and

  • for births from April 1, 2025 at EUR 175,000 taxable income.

Which documents are required?

  • Completed and signed application form
  • Birth certificate or birth certificate of your child

Depending on your individual situation, additional documents may be required. Further information can be found in the application documents or can be obtained directly from the relevant parental allowance office.

What are the fees?

There are no fees.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

You can only apply for parental allowance after the birth.

It is best to submit the application within the first 3 months of your child's life, as parental allowance is paid retroactively for a maximum of 3 months.

Processing duration

You can obtain information from the relevant parental allowance office.

Applications / forms

Forms available: Yes

Written form required: Yes

Informal application possible: No

Personal appearance necessary: No

Online services available: partly (depending on the federal state)

Special notes for - Single Municipality Meppen

Please note that different applications must be completed for births up to 31.03.2024 and for births from 01.04.2024.

The forms are named accordingly.

Appeal

  • Appeal
    You can find more information on how to lodge an appeal in your parental allowance notification.
  • Complaint to the social court

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry for Social Affairs, Labor, Health and Equality

Professionally released on

10.01.2023

Author

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Special notes for - Single Municipality Meppen

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competent Bodies


Stadt Meppen - Arbeit, Soziales und Gesundheit
Address: Markt 43, 49716 Meppen
Timetable
Building Access
wheelchair-accessible

Ansprechpartner

Frau N. Nykamp
Address: Markt 43, 49716 Meppen
Telephone: 05931 153-162
Fax: 05931 1535-162
Room:
Zimmer 41 // EG
responsible for:
Frau I. Sur
Address: Markt 43, 49716 Meppen
Telephone: 05931 153-314
Fax: 05931 1535-314
Room:
Zimmer 40 // EG
responsible for:

Data protection information


Landkreis Emsland
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Timetable
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
Timetable
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993

Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible
bank account:
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
BIC: GENODEF1LIG
IBAN: DE26266600600120050000
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
BIC: NOLADE21EMS
IBAN: DE39266500010000001339
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Postbank Hannover
BIC: PBNKDEFF250
IBAN: DE36250100300012132306

Ansprechpartner

Marc-André Burgdorf
responsible for:
Bernd Otten (Datenschutzbeauftragter)
Telephone: 05931 44-1605
Fax: 05931 44-391605
Room:
605
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Stadt Meppen
Address: Markt 43, 49716 Meppen
Timetable
Telephone: 05931 153
Fax: 05931 153-5253
Opening Hours:
Mon to Wed: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registry Office Meppen Monday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (afternoons by appointment only) Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Department of Labour and Social Affairs Monday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and by appointment

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
Timetable
Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)