Parents who do not raise children do not pay: Berlin rarely gets child support back

Non-caring parent does not pay
Berlin rarely gets child support back

Picture: dpa / E. Gubian

About 150,000 single parents live in Berlin. In some cases, the non-foster parent does not pay the maintenance allowance to the child or children, which is why the youth welfare service intervenes on account.

According to a study by the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, the amount that the state intervenes with has increased.

In 2021, the youth welfare offices had to step in with a so-called maintenance advance of around 146.6 million euros. In 2019 – before the Corona crisis – the sum was still 131.2 million euros.

If you set off what the parents then paid back – namely 19.7 million euros – you get a so-called Regression rate of 13.4 percent (2019: 12.7 percent). The money repaid is relatively low in Berlin:

nation-wide was the regression rate in 2021 according to the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs 18 percent. Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria achieved the best result with about 23 percent each. Brandenburg was well on average with 18.9 per cent. In Hamburg and Bremen, the rate was about ten percent each, even lower than in Berlin.

Berlin wants to test the central system of prompting

According to the Berlin family administration, quotas must also be considered in the context of the social environment. Especially with parents who have to pay maintenance for several children, but are employed in the low-wage sector and at the same time have high housing costs, it is possible that a sufficient income cannot be obtained.

Among other things, to increase the return rate – ie to get more money back – Berlin is now investigating whether mothers or fathers will in future be asked to pay child support. Central debtor management must be tested in a pilot project led by the financial administration, shows an answer from the Senate Department of Family Affairs to a parliamentary question from AfD MP Tommy Tabor [].

In Berlin, 31 percent of all families are single

Not all divorced parents raise their children alone. The parent with whom the child lives after the separation is considered a single parent. For example, in the change model, where separate children live equally with both parents, separate parents are not considered single parents.

In Berlin, single parents make up about 31 percent of all families with children. According to the Statistics Office, about 153,000 single parents lived in Berlin by 2020, about 24,000 of them fathers and about 129,000 mothers.

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