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New Düsseldorf table

Maintenance rates 2024: This is how high child maintenance will be

This is how high child maintenance will be in 2024

Children are entitled to child maintenance after their parents have separated or divorced, among other things. The money is paid to the parent with whom the child mainly lives. The monthly child maintenance is intended to secure the child's minimum subsistence level and cover the costs of housing, clothing, food, school supplies and leisure activities. Guideline values for the amount can be found in the so-called Düsseldorf table. This is a recognized guideline for family courts when determining maintenance requirements. Here you can find answers to the most important questions about calculating child maintenance.

The Düsseldorf table provides information on the amount of child maintenance. This guideline is regularly updated and published by the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court. The amount of child maintenance is determined on the basis of four age groups and ten income groups. It is based on the statutory minimum maintenance. The aim is to standardize the maintenance jurisdiction of the family courts with regard to child maintenance and to make it fair.

New maintenance rates 2024

The minimum maintenance for underage children was raised on January 1, 2024. The monthly amounts are graded according to the age of the children and their net income. There are four age groups and 15 income groups.

  • In the first age group (0 to 5 years), the minimum maintenance in the lowest income bracket is 480 euros per month.
  • For a child in the second age group (6 to 11 years), the rate is 551 euros per month.
  • In the third age bracket from 12 to 17 years, it is 645 euros per month.
  • The minimum maintenance for adult children (fourth age group from 18 years) is 689 euros.

These are the minimum amounts that the debtor must pay. If your income is higher, the rate also increases. You can check the current table to see the rate you need by assigning your monthly net income to the age of your child.

About the Düsseldorf table

When it comes to the question of how much money a parent liable for cash maintenance must pay for the joint child after a separation or divorce, reference is almost always made to the Düsseldorf table. This is a guideline for courts when determining maintenance requirements. It is regularly revised by judges of the family divisions of the Düsseldorf, Cologne and Hamm Higher Regional Courts (OLG) and the Maintenance Commission of the German Family Court Conference (Deutscher Familiengerichtstag e.V.) as well as on the basis of a survey of the other Higher Regional Courts. The Düsseldorf table can be used for the whole of Germany following corresponding agreements by the higher regional courts. In addition, guidelines of individual higher regional courts are applied.

The Düsseldorf table is usually updated every year. The payment amounts are adjusted if the amount of child benefit changes.

Where can I find help and advice?

If you have general questions about child maintenance, you can contact the youth welfare office in your town or municipality. They can provide you with information on the legal regulations and help with the calculation.

You can contact the marriage and family counseling centers in North Rhine-Westphalia if you are looking for general advice on family problems and separation situations. Counseling is confidential and free of charge. You can find a counselling centre near you via the online counselling guide of the German Association for Youth and Marriage Counselling (DAJEB).

Law firms that specialize in family law are important points of contact when it comes to legal issues. However, advice is usually subject to a fee.

Further informationLinks to read more

You can claim maintenance payments for tax purposes. You can also read the article "Tax benefits for families" on this topic.

You can find all the important information about "advance maintenance payments" and how to apply here on the family portal.

The NRW justice portal provides information on the topic of child maintenance.

Further informationDownload

Download the Düsseldorf Table 2024 as a PDF file


You can read the maintenance guidelines - status 01.01.2024 here