Calculator for German Family Law

Calculate child support and spouse support

With this support calculator, you can calculate the spouse's support (after-the-course support or separation support) and the child's entitlement based on the current assessment basis of the "Düsseldorfer Tabelle" 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014. This support calculator may not take into account all cases. For a precise calculation that does take into account your specific individual circumstances, please consult bilingual English-speaking family lawyer Dr. Annegret Wiese in Munich, Germany or search for a family lawyer in another German city.

Online calculator support payments (Current "Düsseldorfer Tabelle 2017"):

In case of separation or divorce, the spouse who has less income is entitled to claim spouse support according to German law. Furthermore, the spouse who is taking care of common underage children can ask for child support. According to the law ruling these support payments, children come first – the payment of child support is prioritised over spouse support.

The net income relevent to support of both spouses has to be entered. The support-relevant net income results from this after an income-dependant standard deduction. For the spouse not taking care of the children, the ages of the children beeing entitled to maintenance have to be indicated. If for example the place of jurisdiction is Bavaria, the addition method is used to derive the payable amount of spouse support.

Enter values and click on the button [Calculate]:

Underlying data for support calculation:
Basis of Assessment corresponding to 'Düsseldorfer Tabelle':
Bonus for employment used for calculation of spouse support depending on place of jurisdiction:
1. Child: 2. Child: 3. Child: 4. Child:
Age: Years Years Years Years
Additional demand:
1. spouse (husband): 2. spouse (wife):
Amount: Chargeable: Amount: Chargeable:
Net income:
Additional income:
Correction index:
Age: Child support: Age: Child support:
1. Years Years
2. Years Years
3. Years Years
4. Years Years
Sum of support payments:
Available net amount:

The amount for the spouse that has the right to claim support is marked positive while the same amount is marked negative (in brackets) for the spouse that has to pay.

Retention for support payment

In order to pay support a person liable to provide support may not become a hardship case. Therefore a certain amount of money is kept for him which is called retention ("Selbstbehalt"). When calculating spouse's support and child support in the support calculator, different amounts for the retentions are taken into account. This depends on year of the "Düsseldorfer Tabelle".

Select current year in the support calculator and click on the button [Calculate]:

Retention corresponding to 'Düsseldorfer Tabelle', Status: 2017
Dependent: Responsible for support:
employed not employed
Minor or priviledged adult child: 1080 880
Adult child: 1300 1300
Spouses: 1200 1200

Retention ("Selbstbehalt") in calculating child support
(See South German Guidelines (SüdL), paragraphs 21.2 and 21.3)

A minor child or a privileged adult child has absolute priority over a nonprivileged adult child and the dependent spouse. The retention for support payment to a minor child or a privileged adult child dependens on whether or not the person liable for support is employed or not. The support payment to a non-privileged adult child is subordinated to the spouse's entitlement. In this support calculator 2017, the amount from the sum of child support to the minor and privileged adult children and the spouse's entitlement is first determined. Subsequently, it is then calculated whether the difference from this support payment and the retention for a full-year child is sufficient to cover the support payment to the adult children. Otherwise the child support for adult children will be reduced.

Retention in the calculation of spouse's support
(See South German Guidelines (SüdL), paragraphs 21.4)

If to the person liable for support remain less than the retention after cover of the minor or privileged adult child's support, the spouse's support in this support calculator is correspondingly reduced. If the remaining income of the dependent is less than that of the spouse, there is no entitlement to a spouse's support.

Nodes and restrictions on calculation of support payments:

The German family law basis for support calculations

Civil Code (BGB)

This support calculator takes into account the provisions of the German Civil Code (BGB), insofar as these are important for the calculation of child support or the calculation of the spouse's support.

§ 1603 Capacity::
Support obligations, taking into account a necessary or appropriate own retention ("Selbstbehalt").

§ 1606 Sentences of several responsive for support::
Parents' obligations to care for their minor children.

§ 1609 Ranking of several dependents::
Ranking of the support payments to the dependents in the event of a deficiency in the maintenance of the appropriate own needs (retention).

§ 1612b Coverage of needs by child benefit::
Consideration of child benefit for a minor, privileged adult or adult child.

Guidelines for the Higher Regional Court  (Oberlandesgericht, OLG):

In addition to the statutory requirements, guidelines are issued on the most uniform jurisprudence within one or several OLG districts. The competent higher regional court (Oberlandesgericht, OLG) depends on the general place of residence of the dependent. In southern Germany, the family law of the "Familiensenate" (SüdL). is valid. In this support calculator these maintenance guidelines will be implemented to the extent that they contain specifications for the calculation of child support and spouse's support.

Higher regional court (Oberlandesgericht, OLG) with South German Guidelines (SüdL):
◾ OLG-District: Oberlandesgericht Bamberg
◾ OLG-District: Oberlandesgericht Karlsruhe
◾ OLG-District: Oberlandesgericht München
◾ OLG-District: Oberlandesgericht Nürnberg
◾ OLG-District: Oberlandesgericht Stuttgart
◾ OLG-District: Oberlandesgericht Zweibrücken

Maintaining legal guidelines of the other higher regional courts (Oberlandesgerichte, OLG):
◾ KG-District: Kammergericht Berlin
◾ OLG-District: Oberlandesgericht Brandenburg
◾ OLG-District: Oberlandesgericht Braunschweig
◾ OLG-District: Oberlandesgericht Bremen
◾ OLG-District: Oberlandesgericht Celle
◾ OLG-District: Oberlandesgericht Dresden
◾ OLG-District: Oberlandesgericht Frankfurt
◾ OLG-District: Oberlandesgericht Hamburg
◾ OLG-District: Oberlandesgericht Hamm
◾ OLG-District: Oberlandesgericht Jena
◾ OLG-District: Oberlandesgericht Koblenz
◾ OLG-District: Oberlandesgericht Köln
◾ OLG-District: Oberlandesgericht Naumburg
◾ OLG-District: Oberlandesgericht Oldenburg
◾ OLG-District: Oberlandesgericht Saarbrücken
◾ OLG-District: Oberlandesgericht Schleswig

Düsseldorfer Tabelle 2017, 2016 und 2014

In this suport calculator, the currently selected "Düsseldorfer Tabelle" represents the basis for the support calculation. This is based on the existence of two dependents as a basis. In the presence of more or less dependent persons, discounts or surcharges are made in this support calculator.

Düsseldorfer Tabelle 2015

In 2015 the "Düsseldorfer Tabelle" was updated once again on 01/08/2015. Only this table is used when 2015 is selected. Due to an explicit legal regulation, 2015 will be used to calculate the amount of the child benefit from the year 2014. This feature will be taken into account when calculating child support in this support calculator.

Guidelines by the Federal Court of Justice (BGH)

Individual cases for child support and spouse support were decided by the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) and are therefore legally binding. These requirements can not be considered in this support calculator. They refer to e.g. to specific circumstances of living conditions, in particular in the event of a deficiency, in the consideration of the additional demand for the calculation of the child support or the determination of the net income relevant to the support.

Calculation of support

Calculation of child support:

The payable amount of child support depends on two things: (i) the support-relevant net income of the partner that is not taking care of the children, (ii) the age of the children. The Düsseldorfer Tabelle (Dusseldorf Support Table) forms the guideline for these support payments. In this calculation, half of the monthly government child allowance, paid to the partner looking after the children, is factored in.

Calculation of spouse support:

The payable amount of spouse support depends on the support-relevant net income of the spouse who is supposed to pay the support as well as of that of the receiving partner. Generally, a 3/7 method (differential method) is used. In Southern Germany, however, the income of former husband and wife is split evenly (addition method).

Support-relevant net income:

The calculation of both child support and spouse support is the net income of both spouses. The support-relevant net income is usually lower than the net income, due to the deduction of other payables such as but not limited to taxes, health and unemployment insurance, all other work-related costs, etc. For the exact calculation, taking into consideration special cases such as the case of so-called 'Mangelfall', please consult a lawyer.