Divorce and Separation in Germany: Causes and Consequences (2022)

Presentation by Karin Jäckel, Dr. Phil.

Washington, D.C., June 7-9, 2001, at the
Parental Abduction Conference;
Organized by P.A.R.E.N.T. International, at the Hilton Garden Inn.

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(Back to Introduction)

I’m honoured and pleased to be here with you and talk about causes and consequences of divorce and separation in Germany.

The information that I base my speech on was collected during many years of intensive inquiries. Most of it got published in my books. The objective of my work is to tell about the realities of the experience of life, to find out explanations and to make you reflect on how to change and optimize things and circumstances.

Unfortunately there are no magic formulas.

Just a few details about me: I‘m married since 1971 and still happy with the same husband. Together we have three sons, who now are 25, 19 and 14 years old. And we live in a small town of not quite 20,000 inhabitants, in the midst of the black forest, in Oberkirch.

My eldest son is doing graduate studies as master of fine arts at the University of Music in Freiburg and Würzburg. He is an oboist and also plays the English horn.

My two younger sons still go to high school. The second will finish next year. My youngest son, Yannic, came with me to Washington, D.C. and is sitting in the audience to support me.

In 1975 I received my Ph.D. in Fine Arts and German Language, and some weeks later my eldest son was born. To raise my son by myself and not only to be the one who gave him life, I began free-lancing as a journalist and as a story- and book writer. Until now, 70 of my books for children, youth and adults were published. Some more will follow, I hope.

Some of my books are translated into other languages, even into Chinese, but unfortunately not into English. But never lose hope.

It seems to be my specialty to tackle ticklish problems, and so I caused — not for the first time — a loud echo in the media, and some foaming anger, when I published my books about the enormous problems of fathers after divorce or separation from their partners. With "The Secondhand Man" I had broken a taboo, somehow.

Immediately feminists called me a befouler of my own nest and a misogynist. On the other hand, happily married couples thought I was silly. But separated fathers and mothers, knowing what I’m writing and talking about, felt noticed and supported for the very first time.

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It was similar with my book about the life of so-called "mere-housewives," who give up their job and an income of their own to be a devoted mother to their children and family and therefore are disdained by feminists as lazybones and morons. My rightful demands to have society accept the life-plans of each wife as being of equal worth instead of reducing her worth to that of the amount of self-earned money, and to respect the achievement of mothers who personally raise their children instead of paying for professional child-raising by strangers, - that all brought me a lot of angry calls and threatening letters by women who maintained that I was preaching a doctrine of "back into the kitchen," and that I had intentions to turn the female emancipation back into the middle ages.

At the same time, there was a huge wave of agreement by mothers, such as those "mere-housewives" and mothers with a job, who wrote to- or told me how gladly they would hang their job on a nail and rest with their children at home if they only had enough money to manage.

The inquiries then brought me to my book "Germany devours its children" and to writing about facts of the situation of families and children, in which you, ladies and gentlemen, are surely interested today.

I will try to offer some explanations, why each year about 160,000 children are stolen away from one of their parents and turned into orphans by divorce.

In addition, I will try to explain why it is possible that in each year at least 1000 children of separated or divorced bi-national parents are kidnapped by their mother or father to Germany, kept in Germany and finally lose their father or mother back home or are only allowed to meet them for a few hours each year.

I want to start with the explanation that Germany has a growing problem, that for a very long time only concerned the affected individuals but neither politicians nor the public, and that meanwhile grew to such massive proportions that is cannot be hidden anymore.

That problem is: there are too few children and too many broken homes in Germany. And each feeds on the other.

When it becomes normal that marriages are not everlasting, and where children are absent to the extent that they are not part of the life of nearly everyone, it is unavoidable that a rapidly increasing number of people is becoming unable to maintain long-lasting partnerships or to stay parents forever — and

that

even after separation and without the to-and-fro in the interest of children.

A new study let us know that German parents are much more concerned and fussy about their children than the parents of other nations are. The explanation offered is that Germans are perfectionists. Therefore they are scared to do things wrong with children and feel stressed by parenthood.

Although during the past few decades science found out more about childhood and children than ever before, it is without doubt possible that a growing crowd of individuals lost the instincts of parenthood and that natural need to have children, needs that, as a matter of course, shape the self-image of individuals and society alike.

Naturally, the falling number of children in Germany and the emotional and spiritual strangeness towards children are no accident.

Since 1972, the birth rate has been below those of the years of war 1917/1918 and 1944/45. Since 1972, the population in our country fell by about four million and is diminishing ever faster.

Unless there is a miracle, it is estimated that by the year 2050 the population will shrink by another 23 million people. Germany has about 81 million inhabitants. Within only 50 years there will be 58 million left.

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In other words: without an annual huge run from foreign countries to Germany of 250,000 to 300,000 young, well-educated, powerful people, blessed with a large offspring of children, our nation will experience big problems that most of us cannot imagine yet.

But you shouldn't believe that Germans don’t want children on principle.

As inquiries show, nearly all of our young people dream of having their own family with two or more children and a happy partnership forever.

In fact, a quickly growing number of women (30 percent as of now) remains childless. A second group of women, equally large and growing equally fast, raises only one child. The greater portion of the remaining 40 percent will have two children, and a minuscule minority will have three or even more children.

But if you have three or more children, you will be considered to be almost as somehow anti-social or to be one of the VIPs with enough money to throw it out of the window.

What happened?

The most important reasons why such a lot of young people let their dreams of family and children of their own fly away are the very high costs and the time needed to raise a child, but most of all the fear of divorce and of the possible loss of children through a court decision.

Especially adults who went through the separation of their family of origin and a broken home by divorce are afraid of the risk of eventual breakdown of love-connections. And fathers or mothers who already suffered the loss of their children through divorce seldom save enough courage or money to try it again.

Last, but not least, since the discovery of the Anti-Baby-pill and the liberation from punishment as consequence of abortion — people have learned the comfortable way of life without children. They love to live more unconstrained, much more spontaneously and with more luxury. And they know, that without children they can do what they want and don’t have to put aside money to feed more hungry mouths.

It’ s a bundle of reasons why, but they all together bring it about that nowadays an average of 1.35 children is born by each woman during her fertile age in Germany.

To survive, to merely maintain its population numbers, a society needs a birth rate of an average of at least one child more. (The figure for North America is 2.2 children. That's because of the somewhat longer life expectancies here.)

To compare:

Proportional to the population, in the USA 54 percent more children are born than in Germany.

The lack of children already now shows dramatic consequences in regard to old-age pension and other social security schemes.

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The German scheme of old-age-pension is based on providing for the older generations through the labour of the younger ones. About 45 percent of the providers of old-age-pensions required in the future are not now being raised. The generation that is presently working is not willing to bring up the children who within a few years will be required to be the adults working and paying taxes.

There are 38 different sort of taxes plus a very high rate of social contributions. But the costs for welfare-services required to support a steadily increasing population sector of the elderly are exploding. The solution for the whole system will be simple to propose. To survive, we will need more children – many more.

But it is nearly too late to change minds, because there has been no other population sector during the past 50 years of politics that got neglected and exploited more than families. Several times the Constitutional Courts had to make decisions in the interest of families and children against the interest and usual behaviours of the government, so that federal Chancellor Schröder grumbled some weeks ago that the courts should decide matters of the law but let the government rule by politicians, not by judges.

A single example will illustrate and let you understand the differences between the life-situations of singles and families.

In this example a single and a family each earn identically $30,000 a year. After taxation and the deductions for social contributions plus the average of the cost of living, a single has about 850 dollars left per month for his or her own fun. A family with three children has 190 dollars left for them all, or 38 dollars per person per month.

If you know that the average income in Germany is much lower than $30,000 per year, so that people in fact get an average of only about $2000 a month, you easily can imagine why few and fewer people can’t or won’t afford children.

Ladies and gentlemen, I don’ t want to make you think now that the kidnapping of binational children happens because Germany needs children, so that we want and must catch children wherever we can get them.

No, I simply want to show you that kidnapping of children and the discarding of one of the parents happens because, for an interval that lasted far too long already, German children and families have not been of the first order of priority in the minds of politicians or the law-givers, who are not strictly separated in the legislative and judiciary branches of government, so that the power to create new laws or to read entirely new and even very private meanings into existing laws is gradually moving into the hands of the judiciary. Of a judiciary whose representatives much too often are prejudiced and partial in the protection of women with respect to the union of mother and child and the withdrawing so-called "privileges" from men and fathers.

So, far too many people in Germany are too old or too selfish to want and to raise children. Far too many people forgot how to be with children. Far too many people forgot what children want and need or never had a chance to acquire the required skills, due to the shortage of social role models and examples. And so they came to be strangers with children, although the body of theoretical knowledge of science relating to children is bigger now than ever before.

How deeply the cut of this uncertainty with children hurts is shown by the steadily growing wish of parents for professional education grants, daycare or supervision and by the multitude of books providing disciplinary aid and advice on how to be a good mother or how to handle a fulfilled life with children.

In spite of this uncertainty and in spite of the fact that nobody, ever, explained what exactly it means, one of the most beloved terms in Germany is "the welfare of children".

Especially the law-giver with its family judges and the plethora of experts who are employed with advising the judges love that term and use it in the context of other terms, such as "violence against children" or "parental incompetence".

Although Roman Herzog once said that the one who will explain the "welfare of children" deserves the Nobel-Price, it is no joke but seriously important to define it.

Even if a definition is not absolutely complete, it will identify the most important parameters of what a child must have as a minimum, to guarantee its welfare. An obligatory list with the most important points of welfare would help judges to check by themselves the real life situation of children. Then it would not be as easily possible to conclude them at random or capriciously, as is it done so often today.

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Pestalozzi, the founder of the modern system of public education of children that is being used today throughout much of the world, once said that he who wants to make a child happy must handle it with the "three huge Zs" namely >>Zeit, Zuwendung, Zärtlichkeit<< - in English: Time, Attention and Tenderness – and most of all, parents should do so.

Whoever has children knows that that advice is right. But do judges and experts know it, too?

To define the term "violence against children" is no less important, because finally it would show the dividing line between necessary compulsory measures of care and the beginning of violence.

Let me give you an example.

Imagine a young mother of two children, a boy of nine and a girl of seven years. The father loved her no longer and had — not for the first time — fallen in love with another woman. One evening he left his family to live with his new partner. But when his new love got rid of him, he wanted to return into his family. The mother refused to play along. Meanwhile she had sued for divorce and got the exclusive right to decide the circumstances of the children's upbringing, but she let them stay with their father whenever the three wanted to.

Eventually the father abducted the children. He called the mother and told her that he would bring them back, under the condition that they all would live together again.

The mother refused and laid charges against him because of child abduction. Some very hard months later, the family judge decided that the father must release the children back to their mother. The father didn't comply.

Until today, no lawyer, not the police, no bailiff, not even a group of private detectives were willing or able to enforce compliance with the decision of the family judge and to return the children back to their mother.

The reason why? It's a simple sentence, written by the judge in the last line of his conclusion, namely: "Violence against the children is not allowed."

But what in heavens does that mean?

The problem is, as the children explained it to the judge, that the father told them that he will commit suicide if they decide to leave him. Therefore the children want to be back with their mother, just as much as they don’t want him to die.

When the bailiff wants to take them home, they voluntarily decide that they don‘t want to come - and he gives up his mission, because he doesn‘t dare to touch the children in fear of being charged with breaching the court order. Neither the bailiff nor the police will allow the mother to lay hands on the children. She is not permitted to embrace them or take them by the hand with her. The only way to bring about the enforcement of the decision of the family judge is to make the children agree.

Two small children dominate the court. And all that because of the ill-considered, undefined term "violence against children" and of the fact that really everybody is truly allowed to make up his own mind on it, in accordance with what they happen to think is best.

As prone to the mercy of the legislative and executive forces as parents are in cases of so-called "parental incompetence," what must parents know and do or not do to be accepted as competent or to be rejected as incompetent? You will find no answer in any German code of law or in any dictionary.

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Instead of following clear directions, the interpretation of, for example, the "welfare of children" in cases of custody, care and control is entirely up to judges and their advisers, from the youth welfare office and up to their psychological consultants and other experts.

In that fashion door and gateway is opened to private prejudices, preconceived ideas, small-mindedness, ill-considered opinions and provincial traditions. In consequence, three judges in different family courts will produce three different decisions in quite the same case regarding the welfare and custody of children.

FAQs

What causes divorce in Germany? ›

The only ground for divorce recognised by German law is the breakdown of the marriage. There is no divorce based on the fault of one of the spouses.

What are the causes of separation and divorce? ›

Overall, the results indicate that the most often cited reasons for divorce at the individual level were lack of commitment (75.0%), infidelity (59.6%), and too much conflict and arguing (57.7%), followed by marrying too young (45.1%), financial problems (36.7%), substance abuse (34.6%), and domestic violence (23.5%).

Can I lose my residence permit because of a divorce in Germany? ›

If you have obtained your residence permit due to your marriage, you may lose your right of residence after the divorce. If you have come to Germany through family reunification and have not applied for family asylum, your residence permit depends on the continuation of your marriage.

What are the main consequences of divorce? ›

The negative impact on the relationship includes volatility in the relationship, stigmatization, dissatisfaction with sexual life, and lower rates of childbearing. Negative impacts are likely to favor disease relapses for the patient. Children may also be negatively impacted.

How long does divorce process take in Germany? ›

How long does a divorce proceeding take in Germany? If both of you live in Germany and you have only the divorce (no child custody, no financial claims), it usually takes between 4 and 6 months.

How do I file for separation in Germany? ›

The German legislation also allows marriage annulment and legal separation. There are no legal formalities for a legal separation – one of the spouses must simply move out and live separately. However, only a German court can declare a marriage annulment.

What are the top 3 reasons for divorce? ›

According to various studies, the three most common causes of divorce are conflict, arguing, irretrievable breakdown in the relationship, lack of commitment, infidelity, and lack of physical intimacy. The least common reasons are lack of shared interests and incompatibility between partners.

What is the biggest cause of divorce? ›

In several studies that asked people to choose from a list of important reasons for their divorce, lack of commitment came out at the top of the list. (As many as 85% of participants in one study gave this answer.)

What are the consequences of divorce on the family? ›

Divorce can bring several types of emotions to the forefront for a family, and the children involved are no different. Feelings of loss, anger, confusion, anxiety, and many others, all may come from this transition. Divorce can leave children feeling overwhelmed and emotionally sensitive.

Who pays divorce in Germany? ›

To start the divorce paperwork, one spouse must submit a divorce petition through an attorney at the family court. At that time, the spouse who files for divorce has to pay the court fees upfront. Usually, the fees get split in half by both spouses afterward.

How does a divorce work in Germany? ›

The sole grounds for divorce in Germany is the breakdown of the marital relationship past the point of repair (causes are not considered and no “blame” is apportioned). This irrevocable breakdown is usually attested to by a separation of at least one year, where both parties agree to the divorce.

How long do you have to be separated to get a divorce? ›

There's no legal time limit on when you can start divorce proceedings, as long as you've been married for one year. You can begin divorce proceedings as soon as you separate.

Who is most affected by divorce? ›

As you might expect, research has found that kids struggle the most during the first year or two after the divorce.

What do you lose in a divorce? ›

Know your state's laws

If you live in a state with community property laws, such as Washington, California, or Texas, you could lose half of everything that's jointly owned in a divorce. In these states, marital assets — and debts incurred by either spouse during the marriage — are divided 50/50.

Is it better to divorce or stay unhappily married? ›

A 2002 study found that two-thirds of unhappy adults who stayed together were happy five years later. They also found that those who divorced were no happier, on average, than those who stayed together. In other words, most people who are unhappily married—or cohabiting—end up happy if they stick at it.

How much is alimony in Germany? ›

According to the courts, the employed spouse should pay pocket money of about 5-7% of his net income to the unemployed spouse.

What percentage of marriages end in divorce in Germany? ›

Divorce statistics by country/region (per 1,000 population / year)
Country/regionContinentCrude rate
Divorce
FranceEurope1.9
GeorgiaAsia1.3
GermanyEurope1.9
63 more rows

How much is child support in Germany? ›

Child maintenance in Germany going up in 2022

For children aged between six and 11, the minimum payment is increasing by four euros to at least 455 euros per month. For children aged 12 to 17, parents will have to pay at least 533 euros per month. Children above the age of 18 are entitled to 569 euros per month.

How long is alimony in Germany? ›

There is no time limit to that as long as the marriage is not divorced. After the divorce usually a time limit applies. The law does not say for how long the alimony has to be paid. As a rule of thumb spouse support has to be paid for about 1/3 of the duration of the marriage.

Does Germany have alimony? ›

Spousal Maintenance Law in Germany. Following a separation it is likely that one of the partners may be entitled to a form of alimony payment in the form of separation spousal maintenance (Trennungsunterhalt). This payment will generally continue during the separation phase until the final divorce.

Does Germany recognize us divorce? ›

As far as German law is concerned, a marriage divorced abroad is considered to continue to exist until the foreign divorce decree has been recognized by the competent Land Department of Justice.

Who files divorce more? ›

Women are more likely to initiate a divorce than men. However, over the past 20 years the proportion of joint applicants for divorce has been increasing, while the proportion of applications by only the male or only the female has decreased.

What defines a sexless marriage? ›

A sexless marriage is a marital union in which little or no sexual activity occurs between the two spouses. The US National Health and Social Life Survey in 1992 found that 2% of the married respondents (aged 18 to 59) reported no sexual intimacy in the past year.

Does separation lead to divorce? ›

Separation means that you are living apart from your spouse but are still legally married until you get a judgment of divorce. Although a separation doesn't end your marriage, it does affect the financial responsibilities between you and your spouse before the divorce is final.

What are the five stages of divorce? ›

There are two processes in divorce.

The emotional process can be broken down into 5 stages: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance.

How often do 60 year olds make love? ›

Females reported having sex an average of 4.68 times per month between the age of 40 to 59, dropping to 1.74 times per month between the age of 60 to 72. Males reported having sex an average of 6.18 times per month between the age of 40 to 59, dropping to 3.13 times per month between the age of 60 to 72.

Why do men leave their wives? ›

Toxic relationships, being used, feeling emotionally spent, or meeting someone new could also contribute to what makes a man leave his wife. A wife left behind may be wondering what happened to her once happy relationship. Going to couples counseling and communicating with her husband may help save the marriage.

Why separation in marriage is not good? ›

Separation can be damaging to a marriage if one partner has no intention of reconciliation, but is leading the other partner on. Some partners may also feel anxious about how the divorce process will be handled or may not even want to ask for a divorce.

How does divorce affect a woman? ›

They concluded that stress leads to higher levels of inflammation in women. Women also tend to experience that stress longer than men because after the divorce they tend to take more time before remarrying as well as suffer harder financial hits. Effects other than heart attacks are pretty much the same as men.

How does divorce affect mental health? ›

Empirical and academic evidence has documented that parental divorce or separation causes many adjustment problems for child and adolescent. The problems include depressed mood, academic difficulties (e.g., lower grades and school dropout), and disruptive behaviors (e.g., conduct and substance use problems).

Who gets custody of child in divorce Germany? ›

Section 1632 of the German Civil Code provides that custody over a child includes the right to claim the child from anyone who keeps him unlawfully. If one parent claims the child from the other parent, then jurisdiction lies with the local family court.

At what age does child support stop in Germany? ›

Obligation to Pay

So, the non-custodial parent may be paying child support until the child turns 25 or older. It's up to the custodial parent to make a claim for child support on behalf of the child.

What is separation assets? ›

Separate property refers to any property the spouses acquired separately before the marriage or after separation (or in some states after divorce). Separate property also includes any gifts or inheritances acquired by either spouse at any time.

What is the law of divorce? ›

Divorce is the legal dissolution of the marital union between a man and a woman. According to this act, the separation is granted by the court of law after receiving a petition from either wife or husband.

When did divorce become legal in Germany? ›

By comparison, the divorce rate in Germany is higher than the rate of Ireland. In Germany divorce connected with civil marriage was brought in 1875, but the history of divorce dates back much farther.

How many divorces are there in Germany? ›

Value
YearMarriagesDivorces
TotalTotal
2018449,466148,066
2017407,466153,501
2016410,426162,397
70 more rows

Does a husband have to support his wife during separation? ›

If you're in the process of filing for divorce, you may be entitled to, or obligated to pay, temporary alimony while legally separated. In many instances, one spouse may be entitled to temporary support during the legal separation to pay for essential monthly expenses such as housing, food and other necessities.

Who pays for a divorce? ›

There appears to be a myth that the person being divorced (known as the Respondent) always pays the fees for a divorce, when in reality this is not the case in the majority of divorce cases. The person filing for the divorce (known as the Applicant) will always pay the divorce filing fee.

How long can a married couple be separated? ›

Can you be legally separated forever? In most states, yes: You and your spouse may remain legally separated forever, as long as you agree. In some states, courts will put an end date on a legal separation.

Are people happier after divorce? ›

While some may be happier after a divorce, research indicates most adults that divorce have lower levels of happiness and more psychological distress compared to married individuals. Divorce can bring up new conflicts between couples that cause more tension than when they were married.

Who gets the kids in a divorce? ›

Parental responsibility after divorce

The court will decide which parent gets responsibility. If you have more than one child, the court will decide on responsibility for each child separately. A child of 12 or over can ask the court to grant responsibility to one of the parents.

What is the best age for parents to divorce? ›

The closest she'll say is that the least worst time to get a divorce might be before five years old and after 15. Why the range? Well, while divorce does effect younger children, the impact is not as severe.

Who loses the most in a divorce? ›

Marriage is connected to a longer lifespan for both men and women. While both genders see a rise in deaths following divorce, the rate for men is 1,773 per 100,000, compared to 1,096 for women.

Who regrets divorce more? ›

The recent Annual Relationship, Marriage, and Divorce Survey conducted by Avvo online marketplace for legal services found that men are more likely to regret breaking up than women. Of the 254 divorced women surveyed, only 27% said they regretted their divorce.

How much money does wife get in divorce? ›

Calculation of the Alimony Amount

In case, the husband or the wife pays monthly alimony, they have to provide 25% of their monthly income as per the guidelines of the Supreme Court of India. There is no strict rule or benchmark rule in cases of one-time payments.

What are the signs of a toxic marriage? ›

10 Signs You Might Be in a Toxic Marriage
  • Lack of Support. ...
  • Toxic Communication. ...
  • Envy and Jealousy. ...
  • Controlling Behavior. ...
  • Feelings of Resentment. ...
  • Disrespect for You and Your Feelings. ...
  • Negative Financial Behavior. ...
  • Constant Stress.
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When divorce is the best option? ›

Other signs that divorce might be the best choice for you: Your spouse has shown a repeated pattern of abuse. Your spouse has alcohol or substance abuse issues and will not get help. Your spouse has repeatedly been unfaithful and shows no real interest in changing.

What happens when one spouse doesn't want to separate? ›

In many divorces, both spouses agree that the marriage is over. The divorce won't be granted until there is an agreement or a court resolution of the related divorce issues such as property division, alimony, custody, and child support.

Is divorce common in Germany? ›

Divorce in Germany has become less popular in the past ten years, as 143.801 divorces were recorded in 2020. That is 23% less than in 2010. The divorce rate in Germany in 2020 was at 38,52% after reaching an all-time low in the last two decades of 32,94% in 2018.

How do divorces work in Germany? ›

The sole grounds for divorce in Germany is the breakdown of the marital relationship past the point of repair (causes are not considered and no “blame” is apportioned). This irrevocable breakdown is usually attested to by a separation of at least one year, where both parties agree to the divorce.

What percentage of marriages end in divorce Germany? ›

Divorce statistics by country/region (per 1,000 population / year)
Country/regionContinentCrude rate
Marriage
FranceEurope3.7
GeorgiaAsia6.9
GermanyEurope4.9
63 more rows

How is property divided in a divorce in Germany? ›

According to the German legislation, spouses filing for divorce will separate their common household assets, in the sense that each partner can keep the assets he or she owns. The expensive objects acquired by both partners during the marriage are jointly owned.

How long do you have to be separated to get a divorce? ›

There's no legal time limit on when you can start divorce proceedings, as long as you've been married for one year. You can begin divorce proceedings as soon as you separate.

How much is alimony in Germany? ›

According to the courts, the employed spouse should pay pocket money of about 5-7% of his net income to the unemployed spouse.

Who gets custody of child in divorce Germany? ›

Section 1632 of the German Civil Code provides that custody over a child includes the right to claim the child from anyone who keeps him unlawfully. If one parent claims the child from the other parent, then jurisdiction lies with the local family court.

Does Germany have alimony? ›

Spousal Maintenance Law in Germany. Following a separation it is likely that one of the partners may be entitled to a form of alimony payment in the form of separation spousal maintenance (Trennungsunterhalt). This payment will generally continue during the separation phase until the final divorce.

At what age does child support stop in Germany? ›

Obligation to Pay

So, the non-custodial parent may be paying child support until the child turns 25 or older. It's up to the custodial parent to make a claim for child support on behalf of the child.

Why is divorce rate high in Germany? ›

The reasons for divorce in Germany have changed with time. Violence, alcoholism and infidelity have been replaced by communication problems and lack of common interests. By comparison, the divorce rate in Germany is higher than the rate of Ireland.

How long do marriages last in Germany? ›

Those that split up had been together on average nearly 15 years, while couples who separated 20 years ago had stayed together on average 12 years. The statistics office said that currently 35 percent of all marriages within a year are expected to end in divorce of the next 25 years.

Which country has the highest divorce? ›

The Maldives has the highest divorce rate in the world, with 5.52 divorces per 1,000 people per year.

How much is child support in Germany? ›

Child maintenance in Germany going up in 2022

For children aged between six and 11, the minimum payment is increasing by four euros to at least 455 euros per month. For children aged 12 to 17, parents will have to pay at least 533 euros per month. Children above the age of 18 are entitled to 569 euros per month.

What is separation assets? ›

Separate property refers to any property the spouses acquired separately before the marriage or after separation (or in some states after divorce). Separate property also includes any gifts or inheritances acquired by either spouse at any time.

How many divorces are there in Germany? ›

Value
YearMarriagesDivorces
TotalTotal
2018449,466148,066
2017407,466153,501
2016410,426162,397
70 more rows

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