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Applying 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 birth and interrupt or restrict your professional work. Parental allowance is also available for parents who had no income before birth.

Parental allowance is available in three variants:
• Basic parental allowance
• Parental allowance plus
• Partnership bonus

Parental allowance plus and the partnership bonus support you especially if you share gainful employment and family work after the birth.

Even if you are a single parent, you can apply for the different variants. For adopted children and children in adoption care, parental allowance is also possible.

As parents, you can decide for yourself who claims the parental allowance for which period. In the application, you must specify for which months of your child's life 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 that you had before the birth and that disappears after the birth. If you had no income before the birth or if there is no income after the birth, you will receive a minimum amount. In the case of basic parental allowance, this is at least EUR 300.00 per month.

Tip: As an aid for planning and calculation, you can use the parental allowance calculator of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs.

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 cities and municipalities in the district of Emsland: Parental allowance office of the district of Emsland

Basic parental allowance can be received in the period from birth to the completion of the 14th month of life. A parent can claim basic parental allowance for a minimum of two months (minimum entitlement period) and for a maximum of twelve months. Under certain conditions, the other parent may 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, you can receive parental allowance plus for two months at a time.

Parents who simultaneously work at least 24 and a maximum of 32 hours per week for two to four consecutive months of life on average for the respective month of life receive two to four additional months of parental allowance plus. Single parents can also receive two to four additional months of parental allowance plus bonus months under the conditions mentioned.

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
Furthermore, we would like to draw your attention to the new offer of 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 services and, if necessary, other support services are potentially suitable for 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

The 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 the place of residence are also available on the website of the Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Labour, Health and Equality.

Who should I contact?

In Lower Saxony, the responsibility lies with the districts, independent cities and the municipalities belonging to the region as well as in individual cases (on application) with large independent cities or independent municipalities in which your domicile or habitual residence is located. In cases of posting, secondment, transfer or secondment without residence in Germany, responsibility depends on your last place of residence in Germany or the registered office of the sending unit.

Requirements

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

  • You look after and educate your child yourself,
  • You are resident in Germany or usually reside here,
  • You live with your child in a common household,
  • You are either not employed at all or usually do not work more than 32 hours per week,
    • With the limit of 32 hours per week, there are several special features, for example on vacation or when you study or do an apprenticeship.
  • Their taxable income did not exceed EUR 250,000. For parent couples, the limit is EUR 300,000.

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 responsible 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 birth.

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

Processing duration

Information can be obtained from the responsible parental allowance office.

Applications / forms

Forms available: Yes

Written form required: Yes

Informal application possible: No

Personal appearance required: No

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

Special notes for - Single Municipality Meppen

Please note that different applications must be filled out for births until 31.03.2024 and for births from 01.04.2024.

The forms are named accordingly.

Appeal

  • Contradiction
    Further information on how to file an objection can be found in your parental allowance notice.
  • Action before the Social Court

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Labour, Health and Equality

Professionally released on

10.01.2023

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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
responsible for:

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)