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Dear Carolin,

I have gotten a request form a Kreis in Germany that is requesting payments from me with regards to my biological dad. I am living in London.

I have gotten a letter to provide my income so the german state can calculate how much i would be able to contribute towards the costs of his care in Germany.

I am minded to not reply and thus not pay the german state. I was wondering, if i would not pay, can the german state force somehow a payment from my side?

best regards,

Dear Lars,

According to German law you are obligated to pay support if your income is high enough. The German Sozialamt could file a law suit against you if you don't cooperate and enforce the payment in London.

I would like to set up a consultation with you to discuss your situation in person with you. I have a lot of experience with international support enforcement. So I will be able to let you know what your risks are for the enforcement. You can contact me directly at

Carolin Schulz-Burgess
German Attorney at Law/Foreign Legal Consultant

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Carolin Schulz-Burgess


German legal issues on inheritance, divorce, alimony, child custody and support, last wills and testaments, and other problems involving international family and civil law.


I am a certified German laywer with professional experience in both German and American law firms. Since 2001 I have been working independently at my firm, German Legal Services. I have represented hundreds of clients on matters involving US-German legal issues. One of my firm's areas of specialization is in divorce and child support and custody issues between members of the U.S. Armed Forces and German civilians.

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I received my undergraduate and JD degrees both from the University of Wuerzburg, Germany, whose law school is consistently ranked in the top 10 in Germany.

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