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Can a court in Germany order a man to pay child support if his income is below a certain level, yes or no? Is that 1,100 or a different amount?

Under German child support law, the father is allowed to keep 1,000 EUR of his net income for himself. This cannot be touched.

However, if the court finds that the father could earn more if he tried seriously, even a father with an income of below 1,000 EUR can be ordered to pay child support. The amount will then be calculated based on what the court thinks the father in question could earn.

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Andreas Moser


Extensive experience in international family law, especially international child abductions and child custody cases. All other areas of German law as well: constitutional law, criminal law, business and contract law, immigration law, inheritance law, and so on.


Lawyer in Germany from 2002 to 2009. Lawyer for US Army JAG Corps before. Bar-certified specialisation in family law and in administrative law. Articles and lectures about international and domestic family law.


2000 Law Degree from University of Regensburg, Germany 2002 admitted to the bar (until 2009) 2013 MA Philosophy at the Open University, UK

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