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SubjectDate Asked
Elternunterhalt when living abroad11/23/2014
  Q: Following on from the question posed by Lars on 10/24/2013. My elderly father lives in Bavaria and ...
  A: The legal situation for you and your brother is different because you live in different countries ...
Child support/Kindergeld11/14/2014
  Q: Ich bin deutscher Staatsbuerger und lebe seit 8 Jahren in Amerika. Ich habe 2 Toechter in ...
  A: Hallo Charras, die deutschen und amerikanischen Behoerden arbeiten zusammen bei der Durchsetzung ...
LABOUR LAW GERMANY11/13/2014
  Q: I am concerned, I have a contract with a co in Norderstedt, I have 16.66 days leave due to me pro ...
  A: Please contact a lawyer who is specialized in labor law near Norderstedt. The company is obligated ...
Inheritance at the Deutsche bank (DB)10/29/2014
  Q: My mom (American Citizen) recently died and she had 2 account at the bank. 1 with me, her and my ...
  A: It sounds like the bank is preferring to deal with your aunt because she is German and lives in ...
Recognition of Proxy Marriages10/27/2014
  Q: I am a German citizen of Ghanaian ethnicity. I moved to the UK in February 2011 to exercise treaty ...
  A: Nnaemeka Herbert, German law will recognize your marriage according to Ghanaian customs. If you ...
Asylum seeker getting marrying10/22/2014
  Q: I'm an asylum seeker in Germany.I'm from Pakistan. I want to marry with my German girlfriend. I ...
  A: I got married to my American husband in Germany. It involved a lot of paperwork and my husband had ...
Alimony after divorce10/19/2014
  Q: I am in a relationship with a man who recently divorced his German wife. They were married since ...
  A: According to German law the mother is allowed to work only part time until the child turns 12 years ...
German Divorce10/18/2014
  Q: I sent my questions to you over three days ago and have not heard back from you. Regarding my right ...
  A: I am sorry for the delay. I sent a response on 16.10.2014. I will send it out again directly from ...
Grandparent visitation10/3/2014
  Q: Granddaughter is in temp. custody with grandfather in Germany.I have not seen her in almost 3 years ...
  A: I assume that you are the mother of the mother of your granddaughter in Germany. According to German ...
Unborn child from a German citizen and asylum seeker9/13/2014
  Q: Good day and thank you for your valuable time My Fiancée is a German citizen and I'm an asylum ...
  A: I am not an Immigration Law expert. Normally you would need to obtain a visa that permits you to get ...
Erbengemeinschaft8/9/2014
  Q: Ich bin U.S.Staatsbuerger,deutsch geboren,bin 1978 ausgewandert. Meine Mutter ist in 2013 ...
  A: Hallo Erika, nach dem gesetzlichen Erbrecht erben Sie, Ihre Schwester und Ihr Bruder zu gleichen ...
non eu citizen get divorce with a german8/1/2014
  Q: Im from asia country, and would like to get divorce with a german husband. We hv 2 kids (3 and 1 ...
  A: You can only file a divorce claim at the German court if you and your husband have been separated ...
Paternity7/25/2014
  Q: My husband was perviously married to a German citizen. He is active duty Army and was stationed in ...
  A: a german lawyer would need to file a paternity claim at the German court for your husband. I would ...
Power of Attorney - Germany7/16/2014
  Q: I have a difficult problem. A business partner of mine who was German and lived in Germany recently ...
  A: Hawkins, The power of attorney is only still valid after the death of your friend if it is stated ...
divorce7/15/2014
  Q: My Fiance was married to a German, divorced approx. 10 yrs ago. He has since returned to England, ...
  A: Your fiance would need to write a letter in German to the German court and ask them to send him a ...
German Passport/ Visa6/26/2014
  Q: I got married in Germany. But I got divorced from my Dutch husband within only 1 year of marriage ...
  A: You can apply for a extension of your visa (Verlaengerung der Aufenthaltserlaubnis, Art. 8 ...
child support6/12/2014
  Q: my wife was married before and got two children. One is 14 years old and one is 10 years old. Now ...
  A: If there is a court order about the child support the father normally has to file a claim at the ...
Child maintenance4/29/2014
  Q: I´m moving back to England and my two children are staying with my divorced ex in Germany. 1: Do I ...
  A: You are obligated to pay support according to German law. You might need to continue to pay after ...
is it possible4/15/2014
  Q: i am married here in germany,currently trying to process my aufenthites erlaubnis. the problem is my ...
  A: You have to go to the Auslaenderbehoerde and apply for an Aufenthaltserlaubnis. If you show them ...
Divorce4/7/2014
  Q: I was married in Wiesbaden, Germany Oct 1984. We were German Legally Separated in Taunnustein Hahn ...
  A: I would be glad to handle this matter for you. I would like to have an initial one hour advisory ...
Divorce3/13/2014
  Q: I am a US soldier living in North Carolina, I have been married 5 years to a Polish National. We got ...
  A: I would only be able to file for you guys for divorce if your wife is planning to move back to ...
If a German father has a daughter in3/6/2014
  Q: If a German father has a daughter in child protective services can he still get visitation rights? ...
  A: , The father would need to file a paternity claim at the German court where the child is located. ...
Would it be difficult for a man to get custody of his3/5/2014
  Q: Would it be difficult for a man to get custody of his daughter in Germany because the mother does ...
  A: , According to German law the mother is obligated to organize visitation for you with your child. ...
Inheritance2/11/2014
  Q: Good day, My brother passed away in Germany. He was married to a German Citizen. My brother was not ...
  A: if your brother was a South African citizen according to international law South African law applies ...
Money stolen from bank Account by card11/25/2013
  Q: In my case some near and dear one steal my bank card and using it withdrawed money from my account ...
  A: Patel, You can file a report at the police office if you want the prosecutor involved. You can also ...
Possible Child Support?11/23/2013
  Q: Two years ago,I met for the first time my now 21 year old German born Son. His wife and I were never ...
  A: Your son could possibly claim support for the future if he has no own income but he can not claim ...
Want to get divorced11/20/2013
  Q: I would like to start the process of divorce. I know we have to be legally separated for a year ...
  A: If you want to file for divorce in Germany there is no procedure to recognize the separation period ...
Elternunterhalt when living abroad10/24/2013
  Q: I have gotten a request form a Kreis in Germany that is requesting payments from me with regards to ...
  A: According to German law you are obligated to pay support if your income is high enough. The German ...
Domestic violence and attempt of bigamy10/21/2013
  Q: Kind regards, I am from South America. I met this German guy in 2008, online, and he arranged for ...
  A: I am sorry about your situation. Unfortunately I will not be able to help you. According to German ...
American Divorce Decree vs. German support order10/12/2013
  Q: My husband is an American and he had two children with a Croatian woman, who resides in Germany.My ...
  A: C., This is a complicated question but I am familiar with the problem. I would need more ...
Judge and Lawyer Dual Roles ?.10/11/2013
  Q: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judge http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawyer‎ Can a Judge in ...
  A: Akerkar, According to Art. 47 BRAO judges are not allowed to work as lawyers as well in Germany. ...
Cell Phone Call Recorder Application.10/3/2013
  Q: 1. Can a Consumer having a Android cell phone device or any other wireless device with a call ...
  A: Akerkar, According to German law consumer's are allowed to record conversations without the ...
About my daughter9/29/2013
  Q: I am filipina soon to get married with a german citizen, and I have a daughter but I put her last ...
  A: Normally you will need the father's permission to move to Germany if you don't have sole custody of ...
family law-divorce9/27/2013
  Q: Sri lankan man and German woman married under sri lankan law .They got divorced in German .is it ...
  A: You might be able to get the divorce decree registered in Sri Lanka. Or the authorities might accept ...
Guardianship of niece in event of death9/19/2013
  Q: My sister is a single parent of my niece in Berlin. She wants to creat a will naming me as guardian ...
  A: If your sister has (sole) custody she can name you as the guardian after her death in her will 1773, ...
Must a father's name be on German birth certificate?9/9/2013
  Q: I am an unwed mother. The father of my baby is not german and does not want to be a part of the ...
  A: You can state at the birth certificate that the father is unknown. But in that case you will not be ...
Child support/spouse support9/7/2013
  Q: Mrs Schulz-Burgess, I'm a US Citizen and my ex-wife is a German citizen. We were married from 1995 ...
  A: According to German law you are allowed to keep at least 1000,00 EUR = US-$1317.74 per month for ...
marriage8/31/2013
  Q: I am an asylum seeker.still not interviewed, here in Germany. And just have an auswies. And now ...
  A: Your fiancee needs to contact the Standesamt (responsible department for marriages) in his German ...
child laws/ paternity8/21/2013
  Q: I work here in Germany and am an American Citizen. I am currently pregnant and wonder how it works ...
  A: According to German law and if you are not married to the father of your child you have sole custody ...
Germany Sozialhilfe Letter8/15/2013
  Q: I'm a US citizen and have lived in the US for more than 25 years. I grew up in Germany (but was ...
  A: According to German law you are obligated to support your mother financially. But the German ...
inheritance8/14/2013
  Q: My Wife and I are Both U.S. Citizens and we own a home (Joint)in Germany. I have a Daughter (from my ...
  A: You can put the house just in your wife's name. But according to Art 2325 III BGB your daughter is ...
German Child support8/8/2013
  Q: I have a 18 year old daughter, from a previous marriage living in Germany, I am in US...... I have ...
  A: According to German law you are obligated to pay child support at least until the child turns 18 ...
Inheritance certificate7/31/2013
  Q: Good day, How does one object to an inheritance certificate ? Who is the authority? thank you
  A: You can file a Beschwerde (objection) at the responsible German probate court within a month from ...
Classes of Inheritance7/28/2013
  Q: Carolin An Aunt died in Berlin 6 months ago. Her nearest relatives are her 5 nephews and neices. ...
  A: If the testament states that the charities receive all the money the 5 nephews and nieces have no ...
Question about divorce7/24/2013
  Q: I am a citizen of EU (not German) and in a relationship with a US Army member residing in Germany, ...
  A: Unfortunately you are not able to find out if he filed for divorce because you are not a party of ...
Apostille7/22/2013
  Q: My husband is a resident of Germany. I his wife, am American. We are in the states and my husband is ...
  A: Normally a power of attorney doesn't need a Apostille in Germany to be effective. But your daughter ...
§ 14 StAG7/6/2013
  Q: I hold a indian passport and have been employed with LUFTHANSA GERMAN AIRLINES for more than 10 ...
  A: I am not an Immigration Law expert. But according to § 14 StAG, § 8 StAG you will only be able to ...
parental rights - unmarried, mother and child moved to Germany6/28/2013
  Q: I believe I am the biological father of a child born in California in April of this year. The ...
  A: Normally you can file a paternity claim at the German court (Amtsgericht) in the city where the ...
Child support6/27/2013
  Q: She is about to move to Germany with her mother for good. What now happens to child support payments ...
  A: Saunde, According to international law the German law will apply for the calculation of child ...
Married in US divorced in Germany6/26/2013
  Q: Me (US Citizen) and my wife (German Citizen) at the time were married in Harris County, Houston, TX ...
  A: You need to contact the Amtsgericht (local court) where your ex-wife filed for divorce. If you want ...
Child support6/18/2013
  Q: My ex-husband lives in the United States and has custody of our 2 sons. I live in Germany but not ...
  A: In your case the law of the US state applies where your children live. I am only a German law ...
Inheritance property abraod ad Divorce6/13/2013
  Q: My Father has died in Jan,2013 and Mother in Mar, 2013 in Pakistan. They have left some property ...
  A: You only have to pay taxes "Erschaftsteuer" in Germany if you don't pay any taxes in Pakistan. But ...
Divorce from German Spouse/Retaining Custody of Chirldren6/3/2013
  Q: Schulz-Burgess, My wife who is a German Citizen PCS'd with me to the UK. However, after 3 months, ...
  A: Your wife violated the Hague Convention when she took the children to live with her permanently in ...
Divorce and court orders recognized in Alabama5/31/2013
  Q: Hallo I'm writing you from Germany. I have two German court orders and I would like that you look ...
  A: Dunkin, I would be glad to take a look at your German court orders and advice you what would be the ...
Dual citizenship for our adopted daughter5/30/2013
  Q: I am an American citizen, my wife is a German citizen and who is a Legal Permanent Resident of the ...
  A: This is the information I found online for yourIhr Adoptivkind erwirbt die deutsche ...
child support paid directly to my son5/19/2013
  Q: please can you confirm me that when my son will turn 18 years I can give directly to him the money ...
  A: As soon as your son turns 18 years old you can ask him to open his own bank account and you are ...
Can Germans Take US Passport5/18/2013
  Q: I have a child out of wedlock with a German national here in Germany. The Mother did not give me ...
  A: , If the mother has sole custody you are not allowed to take the child to the US without the ...
Divorce/ Child custody5/17/2013
  Q: I am married 8 years ago over telco, I was in Germany & my wife was in Pakistan with islamic ...
  A: Khan, I think you have a very good chances to receive custody of your children if your wife is not ...
Inheritance5/16/2013
  Q: I live in the US with my Mother, her brother my uncle lives in Lieman Germany, I was named in a ...
  A: in case your uncle dies you and his girlfriend need to obtain an inheritance certificate from the ...
Child support5/7/2013
  Q: I was asking how do I contact the child support office in German I have been trying everything with ...
  A: Nicholas, You have to look up the Jugendamt (Youth Department) in the German city the mother of ...
Child Support4/30/2013
  Q: Hallo Frau Schulz-Burgess, ich habe eine Frage zur Unterhaltszahlungen meines Mannes, welcher in ...
  A: Sehr geehrte Frau Stubbs, nach deutschem Recht koennen Sie nur die Zahlungen des vom deutschen ...
Re open Divorce4/29/2013
  Q: I was divorced from a German national in 2007 while I was in the US due to orders and she was in ...
  A: You can not change the alimony back payments. But if your current income is still lower and you ...
German Ancestor4/12/2013
  Q: I would like to very much to emigrate to Germany with my family. I came across your website and am ...
  A: A client of mine informed me that he received the German citizenship in a similar situation like ...
Birth Certificate4/11/2013
  Q: Does a german woman having a child in Germany have to give a name for the father on the birth ...
  A: The mother will give the father's name to the Standesamt to obtain a birth certificate. She has to ...
Physical custody between USA & Germany4/5/2013
  Q: What are the requirements to collect kindergelt for a child that only resides part-time in Germany? ...
  A: You can only claim Kindergeld for a child if he/she lives permanently in Germany. I am not a tax ...
child custody4/3/2013
  Q: My German son and his German girlfriend have a 7 year old daughter who is my Grand Daughter. They ...
  A: According to German Law the mother has sole custody of the child. But your son and the mother can ...
Unterhalt nach amerikanischen Scheidungsurteil3/5/2013
  Q: Mein Mann wurde in TX nach amerikanischem Recht vor mehr als 10 Jahren von seiner ...
  A: Hallo Eva, wenn der Sohn nun in Deutschland wohnt und studiert greift das deutsche Unterhaltsrecht ...
Kindergeld held hostage3/4/2013
  Q: My Ex-husband, a German, must pay 512 Euros a month since my daughter turned 12. He is arguing with ...
  A: Garnishment is possible if the father pays always less child support for a long time because you ...
Inheritance3/3/2013
  Q: My brother - a South African married to a German Citizen, resides in Germany for 12 years has now ...
  A: if there was no will left South African inheritance law applies. If there was no will it depends ...
Divorce3/2/2013
  Q: My husband is in the German Air Force stationed here in alamogordo nm. He recently up and left and ...
  A: According to German law and New Mexican law your husband is obligated to support you and your ...
Kindergeld3/1/2013
  Q: My husband is blue card holder in Germany. We have joined our child to kindergarten. I am in Germany ...
  A: Your husband is only allowed to receive Kindergeld if the child lives permanently in Germany. If you ...
Documents needed2/10/2013
  Q: Does German law requires the surviving husband to provide an official copy of their marriage ...
  A: The Standesamt is responsible for the issuing of the death certificate. I guess that the funeral ...
Child Support after 18 from German father for Daughter in USA2/8/2013
  Q: my daughter 18 years old (born out of wedlock) presently a senior at High School wants to study in ...
  A: Normally Florida Law would apply for the child support calculation if your daughter will live and ...
Divorced, child in Germany, father in UK - payments?2/7/2013
  Q: I married a German woman in the UK where we both lived. Now divorced and she is living and working ...
  A: According to German law you are obligated to pay for the sports club (Mehrbedarf). The mother is the ...
please help2/6/2013
  Q: I have a son with my ex German wife, what rights do i have to see him if the mother is not cooperate ...
  A: According to German law you are allowed to spend every other weekend and every Wednesday afternoon ...
Separation and divorce1/26/2013
  Q: my husband doesn't have a job but I do, and it is enough to get us out of "Hartz VI". So now, I pay ...
  A: Normally your husband would be obligated to pay child support in case you separate and the children ...
Child Support and Visitation Rights1/25/2013
  Q: Schulz-Burgess: My husband is an American who has a child with a German national. Early on in the ...
  A: The amount your husband has to pay for child support depends on his net income. The minimum child ...
Divorce/marriage1/22/2013
  Q: I am a dual national, (American & German). I was married and subsequently divorced many years ago in ...
  A: The Standesamt is asking for the Anerkennung from the Landesjustizverwaltung. Unfortunately this is ...
civil rights and international law1/17/2013
  Q: MA'Am I contacted you a little over two years ago but I was deployed and could not re engage you. ...
  A: The German court should honor the US divorce decision if it got served to your wife in Germany ...
German divorce and Retirement1/16/2013
  Q: Schulz-Burgess I was divorced 10 years ago from my husband in Germany. He is German and continues to ...
  A: You are entitled to your German retirement when you worked for a company in Germany for ca. 8 years. ...
marriage in US and divorce in Germany1/11/2013
  Q: My sister married in 1972 in Tennessee. She obtained a divorce in 2002 in Germany. He did not sign ...
  A: Herron, According to German law the divorce is valid when the German court issues a divorce degree. ...
American divorcing in Germany1/10/2013
  Q: My wife has asked for a divorce. I dont want it, but have no choice. We have lived in Germany for ...
  A: You have to hire a German family lawyer to file for divorce in your German home town because you ...
Durable Power of Attorney1/8/2013
  Q: I am in need of a durable power of attorney in order to open up a bank account in the US on my ...
  A: I am not sure what the US bank requires. You can let your mother sign the power of attorney and you ...
2008 paternity law1/4/2013
  Q: What happens when the mother and her children refuse to take a court ordered dna testing,And what if ...
  A: You need legal representation if the mother is in the process to obtain a German court order to ...
german child support1/3/2013
  Q: I have a child with a German and he is order to pay child support and he has never seen her or ...
  A: My partner and I can enforce child support payments if the father of your child has a job in ...
German child maintennce law12/13/2012
  Q: When am I able to stop paying my son child maintenance. His mother and I were divorced in Germany in ...
  A: According to German law you have to support your son until he has finished one education that ...
Divorce fro germany12/11/2012
  Q: My husband was formerly married to a German woman.Onced he came back to the states, she filled for ...
  A: You would need to write to the German court to ask them to send you a notarized copy/beglaubigte ...
child custody germany12/6/2012
  Q: It was tricky how my husband was able to get custody of my children.He exercised his custodial ...
  A: I am sad to hear this. My partner in Munich and I can try to file at the German court in the ...
German Pension11/29/2012
  Q: I've been asked to find out if my mother (who recently passed this year) has any money in a German ...
  A: You need to contact the Bundesversicherungsanstalt in a German letter and ask them if your mother ...
Grandparent custody11/26/2012
  Q: My friend's daughter has been advised that on 11th December the German family court will terminate ...
  A: Your friend normally only needs to take her passport to the court hearing. The parents of the child ...
custody of sister's daughter11/19/2012
  Q: My husband is a German citizen and a US resident, I'm a US citizen. We both live in the US. His ...
  A: I would be glad to help in this matter to provide a stable home for your husband's niece. I had a ...
re-entering Germany11/18/2012
  Q: I have been in Germany for 8 months trying to get a residence permit. I was denied the permit and ...
  A: I am International Family & Inheritance Law lawyer therefore I can only answer basic Immigration Law ...
great great aunt passed 3 weeks ago11/16/2012
  Q: How r wills executed upon death in germany? If a benefiarary pre deceases the maker of the will what ...
  A: The wills are normally executed by the local probate court (Amtsgericht) and an executor that is ...
Two questions about Niederlassungserlaubnis and Kindergeld11/9/2012
  Q: I have two separate questions and hope you can help me with one or both. I am American but I have ...
  A: I am not an Immigration Law expert but I guess you will loose your Niederlassungserlaubnis when you ...
German law for child maintenance payments11/6/2012
  Q: My partners child was born in new Zealand to a German girl, she took his child back to Germany ...
  A: Unfortunately the father is still legally obligated to pay child support and the payments can get ...
Special health care paiments responsibility11/1/2012
  Q: I have a question concerning special health care paiments responsibility for my estranged and now ...
  A: According to German law you are legally obligated to support your father. But the the German ...
German maintenance law for a child10/29/2012
  Q: My friend's ex-husband used to live in Germany with her and their child. She divorced him when the ...
  A: I would advice your friend to sue the father in South Africa. Even if she gets a court decision in ...
certificate of no impediment10/28/2012
  Q: halo my fiancée and I would like to marry here in Kenya however we are told he needs a certificate ...
  A: You have to contact the German Embassy in Kenya to find out how to obtain a ...
Child Support10/27/2012
  Q: My name is Leah, I am a Canadian citizen, as is my son who was born in Ontario, Canada May 2012. My ...
  A: According to German Law your son"s father is obligated to pay the minimum German child support ...
Trift Savings Plan10/10/2012
  Q: a friend of mine is in the process of getting a divorce. His wife is german and he is american. ...
  A: According to German law your friend's wife can claim the splitting of the retirement assets that ...
alimony/ child support modification10/6/2012
  Q: My husband was married to a German citizen when stationed in Vilseck, Germany. Their divorce was ...
  A: It will probably be to late to file an appeal. But he can file a claim to get the child support and ...
Alimony for non-working spouse10/5/2012
  Q: My husband has asked for a divorce. I understood that I would receive 40% of his net income. He ...
  A: If you both stay in the house he can deduct the house payments and 5% work related costs from his ...
Inheritance matter10/4/2012
  Q: Three months ago my father's Testament was open and I received a copy of it in the mail where I ...
  A: You can file an Auskunftsklage beim zustaendigen Nachlassgericht if your stepmother is not willing ...
Marriage certificate9/27/2012
  Q: Me and My husband are from Pakistan and we got married on 25th December 2011 in Pakistan. We gave ...
  A: Normally the Standesamt will only register your marriage if you have the German citizenship, you you ...
Child Support and BAfoeG9/24/2012
  Q: I am a former member of the US Military who separated from my German spouse in 1991. My natural son ...
  A: According to German international Private Law (EGBGB) Germany has jurisdiction about child support ...
hello9/22/2012
  Q: "I am a filipino.i am already 25 years old..and my father is a german and lives here in the ...
  A: Unfortunately you will not be able to obtain the German citizenship after your father's death. ...
Education fund and monthly Düsseldorf payments9/14/2012
  Q: I’ll try to keep it short. In 1997 I was divorced in Germany and during the Divorce it was agreed ...
  A: According to German law you have to continue to support your daughter after she turned 18 years old ...
Inheritance9/9/2012
  Q: i am egyptian and have an uncle who got the german nationality long time ago and he is living in ...
  A: According to German law his wife will inherit 3/4 of his estate. Your uncle's brothers and or ...
Question about divorce9/8/2012
  Q: I was a U.S. soldier upon getting out of the military I moved back to states and my wife and ...
  A: According to International Private Law Germany has jurisdiction for custody, visitation rights and ...
Right to see kids after divorcing9/7/2012
  Q: My friend has difficulties to see the kids after he is divorced from kids mother. She is not ...
  A: Your friend can involve the Youth Department in the hometown of the children. They are obligated to ...
Child support9/5/2012
  Q: I am divorced from my German wife. Children live in Berlin with there mother. I received a letter ...
  A: According to German law you are obligated to support your son while he goes to trade school. The ...
Grandparent rights in Germany9/3/2012
  Q: My mother-in-law & I do not get along, I tried for years but she made it be known that nothing I did ...
  A: The grandmother of your children has no visitation rights etc. regarding your children. She also can ...
Child Support8/28/2012
  Q: My son's father is a German citizen and resides there. I am a Canadian and our son lives with me. ...
  A: Your son can still claim support at the German court but only from the moment on when his father is ...
marriage in Germany8/20/2012
  Q: I am a Russian citizen, but now residing and working in Norway, thus having a work permit there ...
  A: You have to contact the Standesamt in your boyfriend's German hometown to find out what documents ...
Child Support in Germany8/11/2012
  Q: I have a 17 year old daughter that lives in Germany with her mother. I have maintained a ...
  A: Fitzgerald, You are legally obligated to pay the child back support. It can add up to ca. $20.000 ...
Statute of limitations on child support8/7/2012
  Q: My ex-wife is German and lives in Germany. We were married while I was stationed there. We had one ...
  A: Unfortunately you are obligated to pay back support. The minimum child support for a 13 year old is ...
U.S.-German Military Divorce questions8/5/2012
  Q: I'm a recent military retiree, and have been married (German jurisdiction) for more than 15 years to ...
  A: Your wife is actually entitled to a part of your military pension and Thrift Savings Plan according ...
child support American/German8/3/2012
  Q: My husband is an American Soldier and was married to a German woman, who know has dual citizen ship ...
  A: I would be glad to calculate what your husband is obligated to pay in child support after the birth ...
Scheidung in Deutschland7/31/2012
  Q: Sehr geehrte Frau Schulz-Burgess, mein Freund ist Amerikaner und ist mit einer Amerikanerin ...
  A: Hallo Anja, Ihr Freund kann die Scheidung durch einen deutschen Anwalt beim Gericht in der Stadt wo ...
Abandonment7/30/2012
  Q: and I am married to a German guy for 17 years with no children , before he visit's me almost twice a ...
  A: My partner from Munich and I can file for divorce in Germany for you if your husband still has his ...
Pension for spouse of German national7/23/2012
  Q: I am a 68 year old retired American woman and was married to a German husband for over 10 years. I ...
  A: Normally you are able to receive a part of your husband's pension after 10 years of marriage. You ...
visa7/17/2012
  Q: I am a german national who is currently residing in Germany but was living in the Philippines for ...
  A: I am not an Immigration law expert. You have to contact the German Embassy in the Philippines they ...
Financial Support during Ausbuilding?7/14/2012
  Q: My husband (German) and I (US) are currently in the Trennungsphase. We have been married for 11 ...
  A: According to German law your husband is obligated to pay alimony if you are not able to support ...
German Child Support7/13/2012
  Q: Recently the German courts set my child support at $345- since when does Germany use American ...
  A: You would need to get the German decision changed. I would like to take a look at the decision and ...
german citizenship7/11/2012
  Q: I was born in Germany in 1953 to a German mother who was not married to my American father at the ...
  A: If you were born before 1977 and your father was not German you don't have the right to receive ...
German visitation times6/13/2012
  Q: My husband is German. He has 2 children with a German woman. He works at an American base here in ...
  A: Your husband has visitation rights (not duties) so it is up to him how many vacation days he wants ...
Divorcing a German6/12/2012
  Q: 2.5 years ago I married a German. I filed and financed the fiance visa in march 2009. The visa was ...
  A: There are two options: 1) You can file for divorce in the US and get a certified German translation ...
child support6/5/2012
  Q: I am American and my ex girlfriend is German. We both had a child 13 years ago in America. She ...
  A: I would be glad to handle the case for you by giving you advice what you are obligated to pay, ...
American Mom hoping to gain permission to reside and work in Deutschland...6/2/2012
  Q: My son and daughter-n-law will be on parole in Germany for five years, after they finish a six month ...
  A: Trinakins, According to German Immigration Law you will be only allowed to stay 3 months in Germany ...
child support in germnay5/31/2012
  Q: I have this question for you: My husband is an us. citizen working on the military side here in ...
  A: You can file for child support at the local court and will receive financial aid for most of the ...
US / EU citizenships & Swiss residency5/30/2012
  Q: Facts are complicated but here goes. Father and son are Us citizens. Mother is British / EU citizen. ...
  A: There are two options: 1) the mother can obtain a child support order in the US and enforce it in ...
Fiance and Mum5/25/2012
  Q: I would like to find out what is required and what should we do for my fiance to get a visa to enter ...
  A: You should contact the German Embassy in South Africa to find out what you need to do. It will be ...
Kindesuntehalt5/23/2012
  Q: I have a very short question. I am living in America and I am the mother of a 2 1/2 year old girl. ...
  A: According to German law the father is only allowed to deduct the debts resulting from the marriage ...
living in germany5/22/2012
  Q: I am a Filipina separated for 3 years with my German husband.We have two children. We are presently ...
  A: You and the children need to obtain an Aufenthaltsgenehmigung if you are not German citizen and want ...
Child support in Germany5/21/2012
  Q: I am British and live in England. My ex-Wife is British but has moved to Germany with her German ...
  A: The child support can be enforced in the UK and the payments can be taken out of your pay by your ...
Is 14 years old enough to decide by German law5/18/2012
  Q: I am a US citizen married to a German lady who is divorced. One of her two sons is 14 years old. The ...
  A: If the father agrees to the move to the US your stepson can move to the US. But if the father ...
Marriage5/15/2012
  Q: I am an Asian Muslim girl.My German fiance & I wants to get married. We were thinking of doing it ...
  A: In order to get legally married according to German law you need to do a civil wedding at the ...
Nachlass and Family Maintenance question5/10/2012
  Q: I am a 47 year old British citizen, and moved to Germany in 2001 with two of my children who are ...
  A: This is a complicated case. It sounds like there is a bankruptcy case going on and not a probate ...
Visiting Germany -Child Support - Arrest?5/9/2012
  Q: My husband and I are traveling to Germany to see his daughter and bring her back with us. My husband ...
  A: Your husband should not have any trouble at the airport in Germany. But if he paid all the years ...
Joint account & Child support claims5/7/2012
  Q: My German boyfriend and I (I'm Asian) wants to move to Asia together & set up a joint account. He ...
  A: The German courts/Youth Departments are not allowed to take money out of bank accounts in Germany or ...
Asset declaration5/5/2012
  Q: I was made aware that In order to determine the amount of money my boyfriend has to pay every month ...
  A: Your husband is not obligated to give the Youth Department any info about his bank account in ...
child visitation5/4/2012
  Q: I am hoping to get a little information on an international case. My husband just recently found out ...
  A: Your husband has visitation rights and would be allowed to receive pictures of the child according ...
German divorce4/30/2012
  Q: I was married in Germany to a German citizen in 2003. I left my wife and Germany in 2009 and moved ...
  A: You can file for divorce in the US if there is no divorce claim still pending in Germany. I would ...
American DIvorce / Wife took Kids to Germany4/27/2012
  Q: I married a german citizen, and had one daughter born in Germany. We moved to the U.S. when the ...
  A: I am sorry but only German jurisdiction applies while your children live in Germany. You would need ...
guardianship4/18/2012
  Q: I am an American, married with two children. My wife is German. My wife and children all have dual ...
  A: Yes the best solution is if you give you wife a power of attorney to make all the decisions ...
work in UK4/16/2012
  Q: I am currently a student in Uk and will be graduating in July. My nationality is Taiwanese. My ...
  A: I don't know the the Immigration law in the UK very well. You might be able to obtain a work visa in ...
can kids play in shared parking space?4/12/2012
  Q: We rent a house in Frankfurt. There is a garage (50 meters from the house) included in the rent, ...
  A: It is sad that your German neighbors will not allow you to play with your kids in front of the ...
support modificstion4/10/2012
  Q: I have a support order in Kaiserslautern Germany. The children are over 21 years old and i am told i ...
  A: According to German law you are obligated to pay back support if you are the father from the time a ...
marriage and birth certificate4/4/2012
  Q: My wife and I were married here in the US in January 2011, there was a child born in October 2010, ...
  A: Yes it is true what your wife said her husband at the time when the child was born was the legal ...
costs to visit to my children4/3/2012
  Q: I am living in Spain and my children are living in Germany. The sentence of divorce and the ...
  A: You have to pay the costs for airfare & hotels. If your net income (after taxes, health insurance, ...
custody4/2/2012
  Q: My daughter has been placed in protective child custody in Germany. The mother had sole custody ...
  A: I would be glad to organize visitation rights or custody for you. Your chances are good as far as ...
Child Support after 184/1/2012
  Q: My husband's son is attending school. On the site for figuring BAföG I see different calculations. ...
  A: If your son will receive the full BAfoeG amount you don't need to pay child support anymore. But it ...
marrying a german citizen who is divorced3/27/2012
  Q: I am an Indian. My boy friend is an indian who got married to german citizen in feb 2008.He got his ...
  A: I am not an Immigration Law expert. It depends how long he was married and living in Germany. If he ...
gay marriage and residence in germany3/26/2012
  Q: I am from Egypt and i have a visit visa , I will marry with my boyfriend in Germany while i am there ...
  A: I am not an Immigration Law expert. But as far as I know the Auslandsamt/Einwohnermeldeamt will not ...
what will happen if my husband died?3/23/2012
  Q: i am married from a german citizen . i am Egyptian ( gay marriage ) , i want to ask what if he dead ...
  A: According to German law you have no inheritance rights as a gay partner. Your partner will need to ...
custody battle with a german ex wife3/22/2012
  Q: what a mess! i can't believe the woman has pulled off some of the junk she's pulled! and her ...
  A: I am sorry that you have to fight for the rights to be in your child's life. I have an 8 year old ...
Canada/Germany child support3/19/2012
  Q: I live in Germany with my two children and my ex husband moved to Canada in 2007. He refused to pay ...
  A: Normally the payments can be taken out of his paycheck if he has an employer. I would need to see ...
Child maintenance payments3/18/2012
  Q: My partner is divorced from her first husband. They have a 19 year old son. at what point does my ...
  A: Your partner has to pay support if her son is applying to go to College or to obtain a job. Her son ...
divorce settlement 3/16/2012
  Q: my husband and i have been married for 5 years,he's german &im south african.we got married in south ...
  A: According to German law while you are separated you have the right to receive separation support if ...
I need help please!2/13/2012
  Q: I'm in the US Army 17 years of service. I got divorce in 2006 from a German National. We where ...
  A: If your income got reduced by $900.00 per month my partner and I can file a claim at the court in ...
Divorce2/12/2012
  Q: I am American, and my husband is German. We married agreeing to have children and have a home ...
  A: Yvette, I can only help you if you want to file for divorce or support and splitting of assets in ...
separation with kids involved2/9/2012
  Q: i am living in scotland and have just split with a partner who is a german national, she left with ...
  A: The mother was not allowed to take to children to Germany to live there permanently without your ...
Erbteil2/4/2012
  Q: My husband (a German Citizen) and I reside in the USA. On January 22, 2008 my husband's father ...
  A: If the the sister of your husband is the executor of the estate your husband is entitled to receive ...
Child Custody2/3/2012
  Q: My wife and I have decided to get a divorce. I am in the US military and have moved to North ...
  A: As long as your child lives in the US the German court has no jurisdiction for custody etc. The US ...
Removing spouse from home & Alimony with a pre-nup1/28/2012
  Q: Schulz-Burgess: I have a dear American friend married to a German citizen (as I am). She desperately ...
  A: The pre-nup is at least in certain parts invalid. The father has to pay child support. He might need ...
Citizenship1/24/2012
  Q: My husband is American (we live in the United States). His great grandmother was German. We want to ...
  A: I am sorry but if one of your husband's parents doesn't have a German citizenship you will not be ...
Divorce1/23/2012
  Q: I have been in the US Military for 19 Years and my wife has been with me for 15 years after this ...
  A: If you both live in Germany right now you have to file for divorce in Germany. You might need to pay ...
Inheritance law1/19/2012
  Q: My wife was receiving information from third parties as the Miterbe from places such as the ...
  A: According to 2204 BGB and 2042 BGB your wife has as the right as a Miterbe to ask her sister as the ...
Divorce1/17/2012
  Q: My wife and I were married in Germany not 4 months ago. We have no financial assets and she has a ...
  A: You have to contact a lawyer in the UK to find out more information. But as far as I know you can ...
property/divorce1/16/2012
  Q: I (U.S. citizen, contractor with U.S. Forces) wish to divorce my German spouse of 32 years who ...
  A: both parties can agree that the splitting of the the house asset takes place in installment payments ...
Dual-Citizenship1/11/2012
  Q: Hallo Carolin Schulz-Burgess, I don't know to what extent your knowledge of immigration law is but ...
  A: According to German law you can obtain German citizenship because your mother is German. You would ...
Marriage in Denmark1/6/2012
  Q: I have married with a woman in denmark. I live in Duisburg and She lives in Kürten. My wife is ...
  A: You have to contact the Embassy of Denmark in Berlin to get the marriage registered. They will give ...
child support1/4/2012
  Q: please contact me.thanks
  A: The father has to pay child support normally according to what he is obligated to pay after UK law. ...
Deceased aunt's niece12/21/2011
  Q: I am an American attorney but am not sure if I am reading the German law correctly. My aunt died ...
  A: Yes you are right with the interpretation of 1925 BGB. You will receive 1/6 of the estate like the ...
U.S. vs German Divorce12/1/2011
  Q: I am a U.S citizen with a 14 year-old child who has been residing in Germany with his German mother ...
  A: Germany has jurisdiction for child support. As far as I know there is no side that explains the ...
UK marriage to German national - divorce and custody11/28/2011
  Q: I am British and my wife is German, we have one child (21 months old) who was born in the UK. We ...
  A: According to German law you are obligated to pay child support and possibly spousal support while ...
Advice about divorce11/20/2011
  Q: I am a Nigerian and married with a Germany lady since five years. We have one kid but things are not ...
  A: You have to be separate (at least separate bedrooms and no family meals together)for one year before ...
Cancelled life insurance policy11/19/2011
  Q: Last week I took several letters I have received from the bank/in house insurance co.(in Germany) ...
  A: I would be glad to help you and your brother in this matter. I seemed that you need a German ...
divorce with german citizen in asia11/16/2011
  Q: My husband has German passport and I am Chinese. We got married in Germany but never lived there. We ...
  A: Arkhangel, You have to file for divorce in Hong Kong. You might need to wait until you lived there ...
German wife, married and had child in UK and is now returning to Germany with the child - what separation and maintenance payments are due?11/15/2011
  Q: My wife is German but has lived in the UK for 12 years. We got married and had a child, now 21 ...
  A: You are obligated to pay child support and possibly alimony according to German law. The ...
Child Support11/12/2011
  Q: I am living int he USA and my daughter is in Germany with her mother. She will be 18 in Feb. 2012. ...
  A: You have to continue to pay child support at least until your daughter finishes school. If your ...
Gay Marriage11/2/2011
  Q: I am gay. My partner(German) and I(Indian) would like to get married in 2013. We live in dubai and ...
  A: The German Embassy will not be able or willing to marry you. Only the Standesamt in your partner's ...
Divorce Procedures and Kids Custody11/1/2011
  Q: I would appreciate if you could provide me with the divorce procedures in Germany where both parties ...
  A: It doesn't really matter who files for divorce (the wife or the husband). The custody decision for ...
German Divorce10/29/2011
  Q: my fiance is a member of the United States Army and is stationed in Germany. He married a German ...
  A: Your fiance is obligated to pay child if it is his child and in that case he is also obligated to ...
German Inheritance Law10/26/2011
  Q: Can an american citizen inherit an estate from a sibling that is a german citizen? The german ...
  A: Yes according to German law you can inherit the estate from your sibling. Your sibling can also ...
German child support laws for out of wedlock child10/25/2011
  Q: Is there a chart to outline child support for a resident US citizen with a out-of-wedlock child in ...
  A: The child support is calculated according to the Duesseldorfer Tabelle/Dusseldorfer table from ...
Custody10/24/2011
  Q: I am a US citizen living in Germany under the SOFA agreement. I am married to a US citizen. We are ...
  A: If you file for custody in Germany it is hard to tell what the court will decide. Normally the court ...
Divorce10/21/2011
  Q: I am German and been married to a american soldier 26 year,last year I filed for a divorce in ...
  A: The German court can write in the divorce degree: "Der schuldrechtliche Versorgungsausgleich in den ...
German Inheritance Law..Debts and İnheritence10/11/2011
  Q: My grandmother died last month. She was a widowed german citizen living in Hungary. She has two ...
  A: If your grandmother died in Hungary the court in Hungary has to handle the inheritance. But you ...
divorce & custody10/10/2011
  Q: My son is in the military and married a fellow soldier. They spent only 2 months together as he had ...
  A: I am only a German lawyer. I can only help your son if the child lives with the mother in Germany. ...
My daughter in Germany10/9/2011
  Q: My daughter (Nigerian)has been married to a German for 5 years in December. In June he asked her for ...
  A: Your daughter would need to get a lawyer in Germany. Her husband has to pay the legal fees. She has ...
Divorce10/5/2011
  Q: I was in the US army, stationed in Germany. After completing my enlistment, I continued residing in ...
  A: You should be able to file for divorce in Arizona if you lived there for at least 6 months together ...
Zwillingsbruder verstorben10/4/2011
  Q: I asked this question to Henning Haarhaus and I guess it was to complex for him to answer. Perhaps I ...
  A: According to German law all the remaining siblings will inherit the estate of you wife's brother in ...
money10/3/2011
  Q: My fiance is American stationed in German and has been married to a German lady for 10 years. They ...
  A: Is your fiance divorced? If not I would advice him to file for divorce. As long as he is only ...
grandparent in USA, grandchildren in Germany, being limited in Skype and personal visitation9/26/2011
  Q: My son and daughter-in-law have severely limited my contact with my granddaughters, who are ...
  A: I am sorry to hear that you not able to see your grandchildren as much as you wish and that your ...
international child custody9/25/2011
  Q: My son, while in the Army stationed in Germany, married a German woman in Germany and had a child ...
  A: If your daughter in law will takes the child to live with her in Germany with out your son's ...
what is right?9/21/2011
  Q: I been married for 8 years, and we are so happy family,but since we move to singapore our marriege ...
  A: I would advise you to continue to stop gambling and to take care of your children as good as you ...
Estate Inheritance9/16/2011
  Q: My mother passed away earlier this year. She had investments and bank accounts in Germany at two ...
  A: You can only go directly to the court in your mother's last hometown if she died there. It seems ...
Divorce to German National9/14/2011
  Q: I am a U.S. servicemember who married a German while stationed in Germany. We are currently trying ...
  A: You can only file for divorce in the US if you live in an US-State for at least 6 months. The judge ...
I need advice9/13/2011
  Q: Sir or madam my brother is naturalized German citizen , he is 40 years old. I am 35 i want him to ...
  A: Your question is hard to answer you are a borderline case. The Auslaenderamt can give you a visa if ...
German citizens divorced in the US9/11/2011
  Q: If a couple, married in Germany but currently living in the US and is granted divorce in the US, ...
  A: Yes, the divorce will be recognized in Germany if you or your ex-wife will move back to Germany. You ...
Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetzes (WissZeitVG)9/9/2011
  Q: Ich habe insgesamt 11 Jahre und 4 Monate auf befristete Vertraege, als promovierte Wissenschaftlerin ...
  A: Hallo Lin, dies ist eine spezielle Frage. Ich muesste die Antwort durch research herausfinden. Sie ...
can i get my rights......9/8/2011
  Q: i want to know that can i get my legal rights by my german husband. i am in pakistan he go back ...
  A: I am not an Immgration Law expert but as far as I know you can receive a visa in Germany or at the ...
German father is missing9/7/2011
  Q: I have a child with a German citizen, before he dissapeared in 2000, I managed to get my child his ...
  A: The German Youth Department will pay child support for children if they don't have a father and the ...
child support9/5/2011
  Q: I am a Canadian woman living in Germany and have a 4 year- old child with a German man. We were not ...
  A: The father has to pay 349,00 EUR - 92,00 EUR = 257,00 support according to the Duesseldorfer Table ...
Marriage based visa status changes after divorce?9/3/2011
  Q: I am a citizen of a EU country married to an American. We got married in the States couple of years ...
  A: I am not an immigration law expert but as far as I know he would loose his visa after the divorce. ...
Changing a court order9/2/2011
  Q: I am an american and was married to a german. We are since divorced, but part of the court order was ...
  A: I would be glad to calculate the support for you and figure out if it will be in your interest to ...
Where to divorce a German National9/1/2011
  Q: I am currently in the Air Force stationed in Maryland. My wife of 2 years is a German national and ...
  A: The US Air Force doesn't give out information to German courts. Therefore there will be no ...
German divorce related8/30/2011
  Q: I am a Canadian citizen in a relationship with a German citizen. We are planning to get married soon ...
  A: It would be a good idea to get a pre-nup agreement. My partner from Munich and I could write one for ...
New wife's obligations for husband's child support?8/29/2011
  Q: My husband has 2 children with his German ex-wife. He moved here when we were married in 2009, and ...
  A: I had a similar case before and what we did was that we put the child support obligation on hold for ...
german will8/27/2011
  Q: need a bit of advice regarding a German will made by my spouce's mother in Germany. She had a ...
  A: I guess you live in the US and the property your wife inherited is here in the US too. I am only a ...
Old case8/22/2011
  Q: My husband's wife before me, who was German born, moved with him after their daughter turned one and ...
  A: My partner from Munich and I could file for visitation rights at the court in the hometown of the ...
citizenship8/21/2011
  Q: Please help me! I grew up in the Philippines without knowing both of my parents. My father is a ...
  A: I am sorry but I am not an Immigration Law expert. Your father and you will need to contact the ...
Canadian Born Child - Canadian Mother German Father8/18/2011
  Q: My sister is wondering about custody for her Canadian-born child. She married a German and they ...
  A: Because the mother lives in Germany with her child German custody law applies. She can not move with ...
Divorced 6-months after Joining Husband in Germany8/15/2011
  Q: I am writing this on behalf of a girl in the neighborhood named Kanwal, now 22-year old She was ...
  A: /Mr. Bschawrut, I am sorry but I don't think I can help your neighbor because she already got ...
Father and family (?) must pay for long lost son?7/29/2011
  Q: I am writing on behalf of my father-in-law, an Italian citizen who fathered a child some 45 years ...
  A: According to German law your father is obligated to support his son but he is able to keep ca. ...
Pre-marital agreement in Germany7/27/2011
  Q: I am Indian, about to be married to my German fiance. He insists on me signing a pre-marrital ...
  A: I would be glad to organize a telephone consultation with you after you sent me the document per ...
custody7/25/2011
  Q: me and my ex husband have joint custody, after our divorce i moved back to the us. i was going to ...
  A: My partner from Munich and I would be glad to represent you in this matter. We can file at the ...
Indian national and divorced in Germany.6/16/2011
  Q: .. I have a friend who is an Indian national living in Germany from 2006. She also has her daughter ...
  A: Your friend can go to the Einwohnermeldeamt/Auslaenderamt and can apply for a independent visa if ...
Child support6/15/2011
  Q: Im in the military living in the state. I dating a german lady never married her she got preg and ...
  A: According to German law you are obligated to pay child support if a German court order states so. ...
Divorce/Child Custody in Germany6/2/2011
  Q: I am serving in the US Army in Germany and my husband was here with our three children until June, ...
  A: You can ask your lawyer to get a court hearing for you at the beginning of July 2011 before you ...
Recently learned about Father's death6/1/2011
  Q: I learned a few weeks ago that my father passed away at 80 years. Over the past 17 years or so he ...
  A: All the documents you will receive from the German probate court will be in German. Therefore I ...
Divorce options?5/31/2011
  Q: Let me give you the basics and then hopefully you can tell me my options :) Me: American Her: ...
  A: The German courts have jurisdiction for the divorce and visitation rights because the last shared ...
Husbands Rights5/28/2011
  Q: My husband was stationed in Germany from 1998-2000. During that time he met a German women and ...
  A: As the father of the child your husband has visitation rights. According to German law he is allowed ...
name change5/23/2011
  Q: My daughter lives in Germany with her mother and I have recently received papers to be filed here in ...
  A: Normally the father has to agree to the name change. But the mother might have claimed that she was ...
Divorce5/21/2011
  Q: I have been married to a German lady for nine years, we are now living apart in S/Ireland for the ...
  A: You can file for divorce in S/Ireland if both parties lived together in S/Ireland for a while before ...
custody of my child5/15/2011
  Q: I got married to a man from Denmark in Minnesota. We have a little girl who was born in Minnesota ...
  A: You have to hire a family lawyer with experience in international cases in Denmark to file for ...
inheritance law5/9/2011
  Q: I am doing research on behalf of a friend and this is her- I am a 78 year-old widow, originally ...
  A: According to Art. 5 EGBGB German inheritance law will apply if you are still a German citizen as ...
inheritance4/18/2011
  Q: Will you please help me find the particular provision in German Family Law that allows a person to ...
  A: According to 1937 BGB (Buergerlichesgesetzbuch), 2064 BGB a person can create a will for his entire ...
Child support4/13/2011
  Q: My question is quite complicated and I hope that you can help me! My husband and I moved to Germany ...
  A: My partner in Munich and I would be glad to obtain two German court decisions (for paternity and ...
Child Support payment after loosing job3/26/2011
  Q: I recently lost my employment in the US. Due to the fact that I came to the US on L1 visa I can not ...
  A: According to German law your child support payments can put on hold until you find a new job by the ...
Jugendamt3/23/2011
  Q: If divorcing parties have a four year old child and agree to visitation/custody arrangements, do ...
  A: You don't have to involve the Jugendamt. Your attorney can write a visitation/custody agreement but ...
German Inheritance Law1/28/2011
  Q: My father is a German citizen living in the U.S. He has two sons from a previous marriage that are ...
  A: According to German law if there is no will your father's wife will get 50% of the inheritance and ...
Immigration1/26/2011
  Q: I wish to obtain my German passport as a German citizen. I fall under the category of “a child of a ...
  A: I seemed that you might be able to receive the German citizenship but it depends also on when and ...
Child maintenance1/25/2011
  Q: I am a U.S. Civilian living in Germany, recently separated from my German Wife. We are not yet ...
  A: Scott, You are obligated to pay 291,00 Euro for your first child and 241,00 Euro for your second if ...
California Divorce Laws are they Upheld and Inforced in Germany? 22 yrs married germany wife 3/kids vacation, family does not return.1/24/2011
  Q: Marriage took place in California. My German wife and I have had problems for many years I would ...
  A: If the children live in Germany for 6 months German law applies for child support, custody and ...
Recognition & Resident Card1/20/2011
  Q: I'm from Taiwan, ROC (It's not Mainland China or Thailand) and my boyfriend is German. We plan to ...
  A: Cindy, You only need to the Anerkennung for the US marriage or you can marry in Germany and ...
Maintenance1/11/2011
  Q: My question is: In Germany,is there a statute of limitations on non-payment of child support? I am ...
  A: They can ask for back support until the child turns 27 years old. But there will be no mention of ...
back child support1/9/2011
  Q: i am a german citizen as is all my family.my sister has just re-located her ex-husband 2 days ago ...
  A: Barcenas, The back child support can get enforced in the US. I would like to set up a telephone ...
U.S. Military Service Member Divorce in Germany12/7/2010
  Q: "Hello, I am a U.S. Army service member stationed in the Netherlands and my wife is a ...
  A: The German court will be unable to split your US Army retirement. The mother normally keeps the ...
Elternunterhalt12/2/2010
  Q: Hallo, Frau Schulz-Burgess, Ich bin Deutsche und lebe seit ueber 30 Jahren in USA. Ich moechte ...
  A: Hallo Heidi, rechtlich sind Sie verpflichted Ihre Mutter finanziell zu unterstuetzen. Allerdings ...
Modification of a German Child Support Order10/30/2010
  Q: Good morning, first of all I wanted to say you have great information on your site. My husband got ...
  A: We (my partner in Munich and I) would need to file for the adjustment of the the child support at ...
My girlfriend has a daughter and an ex husband who doesnt want to let her move with in the country10/26/2010
  Q: my girldfriend and her daughter and ex husband all live in Baden. When I return from Afghanistan ...
  A: If there has been no custody decision with the divorce the parents have joint custody. The mother ...
what do i need, to marry in german.10/22/2010
  Q: i am Indonesian men, that have german fiancee. i want to marry her there in german. what do i need ...
  A: Rino, You have to contact the German Embassy for a visa in Jakarta before you can travel to Germany ...
indian getting married to a german girl.10/20/2010
  Q: i am an Indian man who is residing in UK and will be getting my permanent resident of UK next year ...
  A: It is complicated to get married in Germany. I guess you need to live there and have a visa, provide ...
divorce10/11/2010
  Q: i am a indian national and i am married to a german lady. our marriage was registered under thai ...
  A: It depends if you want to file for divorce in Thailand or Germany. Where are you both located? It ...
court where locate it?10/7/2010
  Q: He knows he was married in Berlin and the date, but the only fact we know because the ex wife ...
  A: You need to contact the court in Bonn (Amtsgericht/Familiengericht) for the divorce degree and the ...
Status of German Family Law10/4/2010
  Q: I'm curious if there were changes in domestic German Family Law following its joining of the the ...
  A: This is hard to answer. In the past even after the signing of the Hague Convention the German courts ...
Your legal assistance may be needed.9/29/2010
  Q: My client is a retired gentleman who is neither a German national nor lives in Germany. His aged ...
  A: Haq, I would be glad to assist your client to obtain the money from the German bank account. We will ...
Thai father /German born child9/21/2010
  Q: Please can you help with this query! My Thai friend was in a relationship with a German girl when ...
  A: Legally your friend is responsible to pay minimum child support of 317,00 Euro even if he has no ...
Scheidungsfrage9/19/2010
  Q: Ich habe eine Arztpraxis, ich bin Arzt, meine noch Frau arbeitet mit mir als Heilpaktikerin, wir ...
  A: Sie und Ihre Frau sind beide fuer die Schulden verantwortlich. Wenn Ihre Frau weiter arbeitet oder ...
Married to a German - Divorce timelines9/14/2010
  Q: Carolin - Can you please confirm how long you have to wait to get a divorce if your partner (spouse) ...
  A: The separation period in Germany is one year. But we can file earlier if both parties claim you are ...
Staying in Germany during Separation Time9/13/2010
  Q: I am an American who is currently married to a German. I have lived in Germany under one year, and ...
  A: You can stay legally in Germany during the separation until you file for divorce if you have a two ...
when child support ends in Germany9/9/2010
  Q: My husband has a support order for his son in Germany, neither the divorce which establishes child ...
  A: Your husband is obligated to continue to pay child support after the child turned 18 years old and ...
Child Custody9/7/2010
  Q: Hallo Frau Schulz-Burgess ich habe einige Fragen an sie. Zuerst zu meiner persoehnlichen Situation. ...
  A: Hallo Jennifer, Sie koennen Ihre Tochter nicht dauerhaft gegen den Willen des Vaters nach ...
Legal age to stay at home alone9/2/2010
  Q: I am a US service member and will be coming to the great country of Germany in April. I have 2 ...
  A: If children are at least in the elementary school like your children with 7 and 11 years the ...
divorce and child custody.9/1/2010
  Q: My brother is British ex soldier, 22 years service who gave up career for German wife.Two children. ...
  A: Your brother has the right to file for divorce and to get his part of the house paid out from his ...
divorce waiting period8/24/2010
  Q: I have read several of the questions and answers on this site regarding the waiting period before ...
  A: According to German law you need to be separated for one year before you can file for divorce. If ...
Staying in Germany legally8/22/2010
  Q: Ms Schulz, I am a US citizen getting ready to move to Germany to be with my sig. other who is a ...
  A: I am sorry but I am not an Immigration law expert. I think the best will be if the two of you marry ...
grand parent rights8/21/2010
  Q: im american and my girlfriend who i want to marry is british she is wanting to come to the USA but ...
  A: The father of the child needs to agree that the mother can move with the child to the US or the ...
Base salary calculation for the Düsseldorfer Tabelle8/19/2010
  Q: Can you please tell me where I can find how to calculate the base salary, which is to be taken in ...
  A: Bonuses are counted in calculating net salary, yes. The net income is income after deductions for ...
German Child Support8/17/2010
  Q: My husband was notified a few years ago that he was the father of an 11 year old German child. We ...
  A: Unfortunately they can obtain back support for all those years. But they need to consider your ...
child support and schooling6/28/2010
  Q: I read a lot of your site because I am going through similar like those people you helped. Your ...
  A: Your daughter will be able to attend public school as long as she is living in Germany. I can help ...
Child Support payment6/23/2010
  Q: I have two children ages 19 and 20, living in Germany and I still pay child support for both of ...
  A: You are only obligated to pay child support if your children are attending a college, university or ...
Spousel support6/22/2010
  Q: How long do I have to pay spousal support after a divorce or separation? My wife and I have 2 ...
  A: You normally have to pay spousal support during the separation and for up to one year after the ...
Child Support & Custody6/21/2010
  Q: I am a single service member of the US Armed Forces for about years now. My son lives with his ...
  A: According to German law you have the right to spend at least 12 days per year with your son in ...
Age when a child goes to court in Germany6/11/2010
  Q: i am in visitation battle to see my three year old child in Saarbrucken Germany. The new judge ...
  A: A three year old is to young to testify. But the judge might just wanted to get a personal ...
American Child taken away by German Jugendamt6/8/2010
  Q: What are the rights of a child who is solely an American citizen that spoke only english in relation ...
  A: We would need to file for custody if she lost custody of her child. If the child wants to live with ...
maintenanc6/2/2010
  Q: i have parental responsibility for a child who is a UK citizen. While the child was resident in the ...
  A: The German authorities can ask for back support but the calculation is often wrong. I can help you ...
German custody law6/1/2010
  Q: I am a UK national living in Germany, and my Brazialian girlfriend is still married to a German ...
  A: The Law in Germany is in this regard the same like it is in the UK. The primary care taker normally ...
child support5/17/2010
  Q: my divorce was finalized in 2009 after a 3year separation .According to the settlement and parenting ...
  A: My partner form Munich and I could enforce child support for you while you life in the US or after ...
Is it a crime in Germany if you do not pay child support or is this just a civil offence5/16/2010
  Q: Is it a crime in Germany if you do not pay child support or is this just a civil offence? If it is ...
  A: , It is a crime not to pay child support to a German child. If they can't enforce the support in ...
Divorce5/15/2010
  Q: i have a friend who is dating a man in Germany but he is married with children.He is a German ...
  A: Your friend's boyfriend can stay in Germany if he was married for over 5 years. He might need to pay ...
divorce5/11/2010
  Q: Im a south african woman married to a german man.We currently moved back to RSA.My husband has left ...
  A: If we file for divorce in Germany you will receive alimony if you were married for over 2 years but ...
americans divorcing while living in Germany4/28/2010
  Q: I am just trying to gather any information I can get on this subject. My husband and I are ...
  A: My partner from Munich and I would be glad to file for divorce for you in your German hometown. A ...
German passport4/26/2010
  Q: I married to german national for 15 years with 2 kids and leave in germany for 16 years.however i m ...
  A: You will be able to stay in Germany after your divorce because you are married and lived in Germany ...
Inheirtance4/25/2010
  Q: I need advice in regards to my fathers Will and Testament. In a nutshell, My father passed away in ...
  A: According to German law you are entitled to receive a so called Pflichtteil (half of what you would ...
joint custody4/23/2010
  Q: Burgess, Here we have a child born out of wedlock in Germany, but upon the birth, the mother did ...
  A: The father has the legal right to visit the child at least 12 days per year as long as he pays child ...
Moving to Germany with spouse and my child.4/21/2010
  Q: I am a citizen of the USA. My German boyfriend is coming over here to the USA to marry me and then ...
  A: You should have no problem to obtain a first 2 year visa for you and your son if you get your ...
Child maintenance4/20/2010
  Q: My nephew divorced from his German wife anout 14 years ago and has paid maintenance for their now 17 ...
  A: Your relevant net income is after taxes, health insurance, retirement plan, other social security ...
maintanance claim4/18/2010
  Q: Can you tell me when calculating payments from the dusseldorfer tabelle does it take into account if ...
  A: 334 Euro is the minimum child support for a child at the age of 17 years in Germany. Your husband ...
How To Acknowledge My Daughter4/17/2010
  Q: I was stationed in Berlin in the early 1960's. I fathered a child out of wedlock with a German ...
  A: The birth mother would need to contact the Youth Department in the German town were your daughter ...
Child maintance4/16/2010
  Q: I’m a UK citizen living in the UK. I married a German woman in Scotland 18 years ago & we had a ...
  A: The amount you owe for child support will increase over the years because you daughter gets older ...
German inheritance taxes4/15/2010
  Q: If my wife, an Ameican citizen living in the U.S., dies and leaves an inheritance to her sister, a ...
  A: there is a treaty between Germany and the US to avoid double taxes in inheritance matters: Artikel ...
German girlfriend4/12/2010
  Q: I am a US citizen and wanted some clarification on German law regarding a German girlfriend. I ...
  A: As long as you are not married your girlfriend has no legal rights. If you split up you keep your ...
Germany Divorce4/2/2010
  Q: I am Ray Trent First Sergeant in the US Army and I have been married for over 20 years on my last ...
  A: According to German law your wife has the right to receive half of your retirement benefits you ...
Inheritance Of Debt By My Children In Germany3/30/2010
  Q: March 30 2010 Greetings Carolin Schulz-Burgess I have a few questions regarding German ...
  A: If you have joint custody and your children are under the age of 18 years old you and your ex-wife ...
German Law regarding separation3/29/2010
  Q: I live in England and my girlfriend lives in Germany. She is married and separated from her husband. ...
  A: According to German law they have to be separated for 1 year before they can file for divorce. My ...
Child visitation3/18/2010
  Q: My ex-wife and I, had a child together. We are all Americans. After our divorce, she moved to ...
  A: The visa is an Immigration Law issue and the travel costs are regulated by family law. Therefore two ...
German Mother - unmarried, now deseased. Can I still become a German Citizen?3/15/2010
  Q: Hopefully you can help with this question. My mother was a German citizen, who left Germany at age ...
  A: Because your mother didn't inform the German Embassy within a year that you were born you don't have ...
last will and german legal guardian for german kids3/3/2010
  Q: I am hoping you can help me. I am in the process of drawing up my will. I am a german/american dual ...
  A: I am not licensed in California. I can only give you advice regarding the German law aspect. You can ...
Maitenance payments2/28/2010
  Q: I am British, married my German wife in Britain and got divorced from her in Germany (whilst living ...
  A: According to the Duesseldorfer Tabelle you have to pay a minimum of 488,00 EUR per month child ...
divorce2/26/2010
  Q: My partner got married to a german woman in 2006,the marriage broke down and he returned to England. ...
  A: You have to contact the court in his ex-wife's home town where she filed for divorce. They sometimes ...
DNA Test2/23/2010
  Q: I just have a quick question as I have learned a lot from your responses to other peoples questions. ...
  A: The mother can put the name of the father on the birth certificate and file for child support. If ...
Child's maintainance2/22/2010
  Q: A friend of mine is seeking help with her child's maintenance. She raised a child, whose father is ...
  A: You can contact me at csb@germanlegalservices.com. I can put your friend in touch with my partner in ...
German passport/citizenship2/19/2010
  Q: I have been a German resident since April 2002, initially as a master student (between 2002-2005) ...
  A: I am not an immigration law expert. You should be able to receive the German citizenship and the ...
My rights as an American father in Germany2/18/2010
  Q: I have been separated from my wife, who is German, for about a year and a half now. We have a ...
  A: You have the visitation rights the German court granted you. Normally the German courts allow the ...
marriage to german woman2/17/2010
  Q: i live in california and she lives in germany. she wants to get married here in ca and we would move ...
  A: You can get married in California and can get the marriage registered in Germany. I can organize the ...
Brussels II - Jurisdiction - Serving with due procedure2/15/2010
  Q: My husband and I agreed through solicitors to divorce by consent in Oct 2010. On his part this was ...
  A: , The court has jurisdiction which served the divorce documents first according to the Hague ...
Pflichtteil2/9/2010
  Q: I'm a US citizen, resident in the US, owning an apartment in Germany for over 10 years. I have a ...
  A: According to German law your children have the right to claim their Pflichtteil from your ex-wife ...
German Divorce2/8/2010
  Q: My husband got married to a German girl in Germany in 1994 while he was in the military. Once he ...
  A: I would like to talk with you in person to find out how I can help you in this matter. You find my ...
Inheritance / Pflichteill Amount2/7/2010
  Q: Burgess, I have a question related to inheritance and "pflichteill" related matter in Germany. My ...
  A: You can contact the probate court in Munich to find out more information. But you will need to write ...
Child support in Germany past 18th birthday2/1/2010
  Q: I am a British national, living in the US with my 2nd wife and two children, we all have permanent ...
  A: According to German law you have to continue to pay child support as long as your son is still in ...
Inheritance1/30/2010
  Q: I am Jordanian and my brother is a German citizen. My brother passed away last month. He had no wife ...
  A: According to German law you and your brothers and sisters will all inherit an equal part of the ...
a will1/17/2010
  Q: i am Jordanian married to a german who have children from two previous marriages. my husband wrote a ...
  A: Your husband's children from his first marriage will still have the right to inherit their so called ...
Paternity fraud in Germany1/16/2010
  Q: Paternity fraud is the term introduced by fathers\' and men\'s rights activists for paternal ...
  A: R., You only have one month after the court decision ordered that you are obligated to pay child ...
American marrying a german citizen1/14/2010
  Q: My fiancee is an au pair in America. We are looking to move to Germany fairly soon. However we are ...
  A: You need to move over there first. You can stay as a tourist for 3 months. After you arrived you can ...
Divorce/support1/11/2010
  Q: My bf is a german national who has been separated from his wife of 25 yrs since 2000. His wife still ...
  A: I would be glad to organize the divorce documents from the German court for your boyfriend. I did ...
German-American Citizenship1/10/2010
  Q: I am a German citizen who has a Green Card and been living in the US for 10 years. I want to apply ...
  A: I am sorry but I am not sure if you will be able to keep your German citizenship under these ...
Intestate1/9/2010
  Q: What is the German law with respect to dying intestate or without a notarized will? Specifically, ...
  A: According to German law the heir can write a will and sign it himself. This is valid for the German ...
My legal rights in Germany1/8/2010
  Q: I was recently in a Hague case in Oregon that ultimately sent my two and a half year old daughter to ...
  A: My partner from Munich and I would be glad to help you to get custody or at least visitation rights ...
Can child support and paternity be ordered in default in Germany1/6/2010
  Q: Can child support and paternity be ordered in default in Germany, when parents have never married ...
  A: /Mrs. Rigole, The child support order can be issued in the absence of the father. The father only ...
Father's rights1/5/2010
  Q: I was in the U.S Army from 1997 thru 2005. My first duty station was Vilseck Germany(97 to 2000). In ...
  A: According to German law you have the right to spend at least 12 days per year with daughter first in ...
grounds for divorce1/4/2010
  Q: What are the grounds for divorce in germany? Situation:the husband is a german citizen and the wife ...
  A: You can file for divorce anytime in Germany or your husband can file too. The marriage will not be ...
Child Support12/30/2009
  Q: I have a child support from father who live and work in Germany but he is Yugoslavian ...
  A: The minimum child support amount for a 12 year old child is according to the Duesseldorfer Tabelle ...
Changing a childs name.12/21/2009
  Q: I am a British soldier serving in Germany. I have been married to my wife for the last 5 years and ...
  A: You can change the name without the father's permission according to German law if the mother has ...
Alimony After Accident12/20/2009
  Q: I recently received a judgment for 1.270 Euro alimony from a court in Germany regarding my marriage ...
  A: If his income situation changes dramatically like in your case he might not be obligated to pay ...
German Divorce Process12/19/2009
  Q: I am a US citizen and my husband is a German citizen. What is the minimum separation time that we ...
  A: You normally need to be separated for one year. But we can file right away if you both claim that ...
rights as a american father to a german child12/12/2009
  Q: i have a beautiful four year old daughter with a German ex-girlfriend. I am in the military and I ...
  A: According to German you have the right to spend at least 12 days per year with your child. Normally ...
Divorce12/11/2009
  Q: I am an American Citizen working as a military civilian in Germany. I married my husband, a German ...
  A: You have to file for divorce in Germany and German law applies if you both live in Germany. Normally ...
german ancestry12/7/2009
  Q: My husband's grandfather was German. Can he claim German Citizenship through Ancestry?. But there is ...
  A: Your husband could only claim German citizenship if his father still has German citizenship. I am ...
rights to contest a will inn german law12/3/2009
  Q: my wife was German and now is an Australian citizen. her father has written a will which divides the ...
  A: Your wife can claim her Pflichtteil by German law. That means she can claim half of what she would ...
Child abduction to Germany from US, Hague and visitation12/2/2009
  Q: Joe (American) and Jenny (German) had a daughter, Suzy, in California. Though unmarried, Joe ...
  A: Beth, Yes the father would receive more visitation time in Germany (normally ca. 4 weeks and the ...
What would happen in Germany when a mother refused to allow a father to see his daughter who he has visitation rights with12/1/2009
  Q: What would happen in Germany when a mother refused to allow a father to see his daughter who he has ...
  A: The mother can be forced my the police to hand the child over for visitation if a court order exists ...
child support - Court order to provide pay slips11/30/2009
  Q: My husband has 2 children with his ex german wife aged 12 and 10. Ex and kids live in germany. We ...
  A: A German lawyer would need to present the child support calculation to the court. You are not ...
Betreuungsunterhalt11/20/2009
  Q: My fiancee is an US-Soldier stationed in Germany. Him and his ex-girlfriend have a son that will ...
  A: part of the money the mother earns ca. 900,00 Euro can be deducted when you calculate the ...
child suport11/19/2009
  Q: My husband has been married to a German woman and they have two children together. Their divorce was ...
  A: Your husband is obligated to pay child support according to the Duesseldorfer Tabelle because the ...
dual citizenship11/16/2009
  Q: My wife (german with green card) wants to become a US citizen and retain her german citizenship as I ...
  A: I am not an Immigration lawyer. Let her Employer or a friend with a company write a letter that they ...
American military couple (husband) divorce11/14/2009
  Q: Is it true that a German court cannot divide American retirement benefits? And if the judge decides ...
  A: the German court can divide American retirement benefits (as long as it is not Army retirement). ...
Child Support11/11/2009
  Q: My daughter had a child with a man in the U.S. Army who then was stationed in Germany. His ...
  A: Your daughter needs to obtain a child support decision in the US. Afterwards my partner from Munich ...
Child support in Germany11/9/2009
  Q: I'm a German citizen living in London. I have a child with a former partner (not married), living ...
  A: The higher costs of living can be factored in the calculation but your lawyer would need to claim ...
Wills11/8/2009
  Q: A few years before he died, my uncle, who was resident in Germany, asked my mother for the details ...
  A: It is hard to find out if there was a will. If there was a will your aunt is obligated to give it to ...
child maintenance11/6/2009
  Q: I was married to a German Lady and we had 2 children. They are now 7 and 8 years old. I pay child ...
  A: According to German law it doesn't matter how much your ex-wife earns for the calculation of your ...
GERMAN WILLS (INHERITANCE)11/3/2009
  Q: I'M A US CITIZEN AND MY UNCLE IS A GERMAN CITIZEN. I WAS TOLD YEARS AGO THAT I WAS IN MY UNCLES ...
  A: Kraus: if you are named in your uncle's will, then you will certainly be notified upon his death. If ...
alimony and child support11/1/2009
  Q: i was married and divorced in germany. i now live in asia. the court divorce decision specified that ...
  A: I'm sorry you were not satisfied with my answer, but the fact is that, since the child is located in ...
Custody / Maintenance10/30/2009
  Q: my brother is an Australian Citizen and his ex-girlfriend is a German citizen. They split on bad ...
  A: yes, if the mother puts your brother's name on the birth certificate in Germany (and even if he is ...
German Emancipation10/29/2009
  Q: My husband's daughter turned 18 June 1,09. She has been working at a hotel full time. She has not ...
  A: Lori: if your husband supported her during her traineeship for the hotel job then he may not be ...
Kindergeld10/25/2009
  Q: I am both a U.S. citizen and a German citizen. I lived in Germany for three years from the age of 15 ...
  A: Nicole: thanks for the question. Am I correct to assume that your mother still resides in Germany ...
custody10/23/2009
  Q: I am an umarried father from UK who regularily visits his child in Germany every 6/7 weeks. We lived ...
  A: Mark: First, let me say I am sorry to hear about your unfortunate situation. The short answer to ...
U.S. Divorce Decree recognized in Germany?10/22/2009
  Q: I was divorced with my German ex-wife back in February 2008. We both resided in Arizona USA during ...
  A: You need to register the divorce in Germany in order to make the divorce valid. You can also enforce ...
child custody/support10/21/2009
  Q: I have joint custody of my son with my ex (Active duty member)I am a civilian(us citizen) married to ...
  A: You can file for permanent sole custody in Germany as long as you are living in Germany. The ...
maintenance10/20/2009
  Q: I am a UK citizen. I was married in 1999 to a Frenchman. We separated in 2003 and I went on to have ...
  A: You will need to file for paternity and child support at the German court. My partner from Munich ...
child maintenance in Germany10/18/2009
  Q: I was serving in the british army in germany and married a german woman we have 1 child together. ...
  A: To give you a correct answer I would need to know your net income. You can contact me at ...
German child, Russian grandmother10/10/2009
  Q: My daughter is a German citizen and I am an American with a German permit. My husband is Russian and ...
  A: Tamara: Is your mother-in-law a German-Russian? If so, she should be able to obtain the right to ...
Divorce10/9/2009
  Q: In my small state of misery I discovered your site. I am hoping you can help me with my complex ...
  A: Ice: unfortunately German law requires that you be married a minimum of 4 years if you wish to ...
divorce in Germany10/7/2009
  Q: My brother and his wife are US citizens. He is working in Germany with a permit. She has never ...
  A: Victoria: based on the information you have provided (esp. on the basis of there being no kids ...
Just wondering??????10/2/2009
  Q: Here is the situation, I am currently married in the military in Germany. I have lived here for 7 ...
  A: You need to be separated for one year if your wife doesn't agree to the divorce in order to file for ...
Child support enforcement US-Germany9/29/2009
  Q: I am American and have been divorced from my German husband for seven years. We have a daughter who ...
  A: I am not sure why your payments stopped. Normally the payments are taken out of his wages. Maybe the ...
Divorce in Germany9/28/2009
  Q: my husband and I would like to get a divorce. We were married in the United States (he is a German ...
  A: You have to file for divorce in Germany because both of you live there. A divorce in Germany ...
is there a new law about financial support9/26/2009
  Q: i live in the u.s. w/ my 15 yr old daughter since 2003. my german ex-husband work & lives in ...
  A: Braun, Yes there is a new law in Germany. You are normally obligated to work full time after your ...
ex-wife claiming more but my husband have already overpay9/24/2009
  Q: I am my husband second wife and I would like to help a bit to him and hoping that you could also ...
  A: Do you have a German lawyer? I don't really understand why your husband's company overpaid his ...
Child custody/support question9/24/2009
  Q: My ex-wife and I are both U.S. Citizens, as is our daughter. When we divorced in Massachusetts 10 ...
  A: Because your daughter lives in Germany German law applies and the German courts have jurisdiction. ...
father's visitation rights9/23/2009
  Q: I am an American. I fathered a child with a woman who is a German citizen. The child was born in the ...
  A: If you are not the father on the birth certificate we would need to proof paternity at the German ...
American/German divorce9/21/2009
  Q: I am an American and have been married to My german wife for 20 years and have 4 kids 2 of which I ...
  A: Chris: since the children are located in Germany, then you'll need to file there, as German law ...
Divorce9/21/2009
  Q: I am a German national with an American Green Card. Married to a US citizen. Child 6 years old - ...
  A: unless you have a separation and custody agreement you cannot leave with the child as this will be ...
Divorce Waiting Period9/20/2009
  Q: I have seen you give really good advice and I have been looking all over the Internet and found a ...
  A: Nikki: if they both agree to the divorce then the 1-year separation period can be waived and ...
Child support9/19/2009
  Q: I have a 6 yr old daughter ,her father has never meet her , he is aware of her existence ,He is ...
  A: Annastacia: no, it is not too late. You'll need to obtain a lawyer in the UK as that is where the ...
Court jurisdiction9/16/2009
  Q: My name is Robin. I am a U.S. citizen that has been living in Germany for the past 7 years with my ...
  A: Robin: since the child is located in Germany then something like what your US lawyer suggested ...
visitation rights9/16/2009
  Q: im an American man divorced from a German woman.im leaving to go back to the states.my daughter has ...
  A: Brandon: German law states that a child must be at least 9 years of age before s/he can travel alone ...
German Child Maintenance9/15/2009
  Q: I have beeb divorced and paying child maintenance to my ex wife in Germany for 6 yrs. I am ...
  A: John: I would advise you not to send the tax statements, as they will likely be used to calculate an ...
German Divorce / Father's Rights Laws?9/15/2009
  Q: My boyfriend (who is divorced with two children - Ex-wife and Children reside in Germany), resigned ...
  A: Sandra: you will not be liable for your boyfriend's debts or payments. The rights of divorced ...
Divorce and staying in German9/15/2009
  Q: I was stationed in Germany when I was in the U.S. military from 1996-2000. I met my wife and we ...
  A: I am not an Immigration law expert. But as far as I know you need to stay married in Germany for 4 ...
child maintainance9/13/2009
  Q: I have recently seperated from my wife of four years,We have a son of five years and I am a british ...
  A: Normally German law would not require you to pay alimony, just child support, as the child is ...
dual citizenship9/12/2009
  Q: I was born in Dachau, Germany in 1951. My father was an American serviceman and my mother a German ...
  A: Ed: German law would allow you to file for, and likely receive, German citizenship. I have heard, ...
If a man gets women in a one night stand in Germany9/12/2009
  Q: If a man gets women in a one night stand in Germany how much parenting is the father allowed having ...
  A: German law states that the father would have visitation rights, but not joint or 50/50 custody, ...
Child support maintenance9/10/2009
  Q: A former German girlfriend of mine is in the process of getting a child support maintenance order ...
  A: Conrad: German law states that since the children are located in Germany, the order should be filed ...
allimony and responsability9/9/2009
  Q: i have a child who is hadicaped from a german citizen living in jordan. he has never paid anything ...
  A: Mirela: I would advise you to obtain a lawyer to help you enforce your rights to support. Even if ...
Getting a US divorce decree to Germany9/8/2009
  Q: Schulz-Burgess, I'm a Dutch woman, though born and raised in Germany. I was married to an American ...
  A: Marion: I'm not sure why Germany is not accepting this, but, as you likely know, the Germans always ...
Living Abroad9/8/2009
  Q: my sister receives retirement from the German government after her husband passed away. Does she ...
  A: Endre: No, she can receive the support while living abroad but she may need to fulfill certain ...
Abusive Relationship9/7/2009
  Q: My husband and I have been married for almost 5 years now.We were married in germany,he is a soldier ...
  A: My partner from Munich and I will be glad to help you to move to the US with your son. First we will ...
what i must to do9/7/2009
  Q: i am indonesia woman and i have i daughter and her father was from germany , we are not married but ...
  A: Rena: yes, your child is entitled to support. But Indonesian law will determine the amount. If you'd ...
Monthly Support Calculation9/6/2009
  Q: I am American, now resident in the U.S. My ex-spouse is German and resides there. We were married in ...
  A: Michael: normally any changes that are equal to or more than 10% of your income give you the right ...
divorce/custody issues9/5/2009
  Q: My wife who is German wants a divorce from me. We have 2 year old twins born in the US. Can she ...
  A: Cliff: no, she is prevented from taking the kids against your wishes by the Hague Convention. If she ...
German Permanent Residency Permit9/4/2009
  Q: I own an unbefristetes Aufenthalterlaubnis(permanent residency) for Germany, granted in 1998 but ...
  A: Tati: if the permit is still valid and did not carry the contingency that you not live outside ...
scheidung9/4/2009
  Q: hallo,meine frage ist--kann man versorgungausgleich von der scheidung trennen? ich lass mich gerade ...
  A: Hallo Dorothe, Ja, man kann den Versorgungsausgleich von der Scheidung trennen. Ihr Anwalt muss dies ...
rates of pay for german child9/4/2009
  Q: can you tell me what are the current rates of payment for a german child of 18 months? is the ...
  A: Kori: the calculations are based on something called the Duesseldorfer Tabelle. As to visitation, ...
divorce/maintenance9/4/2009
  Q: i'm in the British army and i'm going through the initial stages of a separation with my German ...
  A: Kori: All of those things should be taken into account when calculating support. As to the question ...
inheritance for illigitimate child9/3/2009
  Q: My cousin is a german citizen. Her Father was an american soldier 60 years ago and never married ...
  A: Robin: since the father was a US citizen and the property is located here in the US then US law ...
Parental debt9/3/2009
  Q: My mother is an Australian citizen, living in Australia. Her father is a German citizen who lives in ...
  A: Daniele: It is indeed astounding that the German government would issue such an order, but that is ...
Divorce9/2/2009
  Q: I just discovered that my husband of 18 years has been having an affair for the last 5 years. I am ...
  A: Karen: German law states that if you are the primary caretaker then in the case of a divorce you ...
Back Child support9/2/2009
  Q: my spouse who was in the army at the time fathered a child in Germany in 1980. The child is also ...
  A: Your husband is still obligated to pay support for his son if his son is not able to support ...
German Mother /US Father Child Support9/2/2009
  Q: My boyfriend was stationed in Germany years ago via the US Army. He met a girl, they married and had ...
  A: Erin: if the mother changed the children's names to that of the new husband then it could be the ...
German Marriage, Divorce in US9/1/2009
  Q: I married in Germany. Both my husband and I are German Citizens. We live now in the US. How can we ...
  A: Esther: you can file here, but you will need an attorney who if familiar with German law so that the ...
child support9/1/2009
  Q: I have a friend who's girlfriend just had their baby...she lives in Germany, and is German... and He ...
  A: Tina: yes, according to German law he is required to pay child support as per the German guidelines, ...
Writing a Will in Germany8/31/2009
  Q: I am a retired Brit residing in Germany, and need to write a will. As my family, my savings and the ...
  A: Diane: If you have a trustworthy friend, then you can name that person as the executor of the ...
Dual citizenship...8/31/2009
  Q: Background: I am a former German citizen. I lived in Germany for 17 years, until I emigrated to the ...
  A: Jochen: I believe that recent amendments to German law say that you can obtain German citizenship ...
Child maintenance8/30/2009
  Q: My ex-girlfriend a German national living in Germany is in the process of claiming maintenance from ...
  A: Conrad: I assume that you are referring to maintenance for a child your ex-girlfriend had for which ...
Marry active military officer8/29/2009
  Q: I am Indonesian and currently in relationship with my German boyfriend, active German military ...
  A: Fira: I would need to know if you are planning on marrying in Germany or in Indonesia. If Germany, ...
Seeking Child Support from German Citizen8/28/2009
  Q: A good friend of mine is a Korean citizen who was studying in Germany. While there, she met a ...
  A: Robert: yes, she is entitled to child support, but the amount would be based on Korean law as the ...
STATUE OF LIMITATION ON CHILD SUPPORT8/27/2009
  Q: IS THERE A STATUE OF LIMITATION ON CHILD SUPPORT IN GERMANY?
  A: If the child is over 18 and has a job/is independent, the child support may no longer be required. ...
geting access to your child's report cards at school8/27/2009
  Q: Could school in Germany (in our case it is private school) refuse to give a child school reports in ...
  A: Evguenia: I do know that it is a common practice for documents to be withheld, but I am not sure if ...
Separation and mortgage responsibilities8/26/2009
  Q: My German friends are going through a separation. They live in Bavaria. He owns the marital home but ...
  A: Elli: If he is wishing her to leave, then she is only responsible for paying for her new ...
Does Surviving Spouses of Army pension get help with long term care?8/26/2009
  Q: My 85 year old mother who lives in America gets the surviving spouse pension of my late father who ...
  A: To be honest, I am not sure if something like this exists, but I would be willing to help you find ...
Bank debt8/25/2009
  Q: I lived in Germany from 92-96 and during this time had a bank account with a German bank. I left the ...
  A: Martin: unfortunately you are responsible for repaying the debt. I agree that the amount seems ...
divorce or not?8/24/2009
  Q: i am contacting you on behalf of my sister and i really hope you can help us. My sister, German ...
  A: Mandy: she needs to get divorced and file this in Germany (unless she never plans to remarry, etc). ...
divorce visitation rights and allimony8/24/2009
  Q: I am an American married to a German woman with whom I have two small children. I have always ...
  A: John: German support payments are calculated based on something called the Duesseldorfer Tabellle; ...
Inheritance/Death Certificates8/21/2009
  Q: My mother was from Soest Germany and she passed away in 2004 her Sister has asked for her death ...
  A: Claudia: in general the authorities and probate courts in the country of residence handle the death ...
Child support while out of work8/21/2009
  Q: My husband has just found his 14 year old daughter after 13 years. Less than four months later, the ...
  A: Sarah: you do not have to pay support for him, but German law generally still requires him to pay ...
Scheidungstermin8/20/2009
  Q: Do both parties getting a divorce need to be present at the scheidungs termin? What if one person ...
  A: Danny: In general, yes, both parties need to be present. The judge needs to OK any situation in ...
Child support & alimony8/20/2009
  Q: I am divorced with a German women, we have child together, after final divorce, i had to pay monthly ...
  A: According to German law you are still required to pay child support and alimony until your child ...
German Law on Equalization - Repayment of past compensation?8/20/2009
  Q: I am an American citizen and I inherited property, which resided in former East Germany, close to ...
  A: Mitch: It's unlikely that this will be enforced here in the US. they have the right to claim it, but ...
German remarriage8/20/2009
  Q: I'm marrying a German divorcee who is paying alimony to the ex-wife and child. How would our ...
  A: Alyssa: Thanks for the questions: 1) if you have children then the child support and alimony ...
Nationality8/19/2009
  Q: i am a nigerian born to a German father & nigerian mum in 1979, they were traditionally married in ...
  A: Doris: German law states that if a child is over the age of 18 then she cannot directly join her ...
Liability of a hotel for refusal of a confirmed reservation8/19/2009
  Q: What is the liability of a hotel (and/or its internet booking service) for refusal to honor a ...
  A: Ron: If you would like to file a lawsuit in this case you could receive damages possibly, but it may ...
child support8/18/2009
  Q: my partner has a child in germany and was giving her child support privately until his most recent ...
  A: Melissa: since the child is located in Germany, German law applies here, and it states that he is ...
Divorce proceedings8/18/2009
  Q: Schulz-Burgess, I am in desperate need of some help. I have a German boyfriend that has been ...
  A: Ashley: normally at this hearing the judge will declare them divorced if both parties agree (if he's ...
Gaining visa/residence in Germany8/18/2009
  Q: I am an American citizen, and I was born to two U.S. citizens in Wurtzburg Germany in 1982. (My ...
  A: Tony: usually the authorities in the town where you were born will have this information on file. I ...
Divorce in germany8/17/2009
  Q: A friend of mine (American Citizen) is currently living in America with a German man (her ...
  A: Stefanie: German divorces can take in some cases 2-3 years, but in a simple case like this (no ...
GERMAN DIVORCE / US CITIZEN8/13/2009
  Q: My boyfriend's wife has been living in Germany for the past 18 - 24 mths. she filed for divorce in ...
  A: Janice: the first number is used to calculate the lawyer's fees and court costs, the second is an ...
US father and german child pertaining to will8/13/2009
  Q: My American husband has two children in Germany who have dual citizenship. As typical he has no ...
  A: Susan: yes, the children can contest the will under German law. If he would like to work with a ...
German child support8/12/2009
  Q: i'm gordon and would like to ask you a few questions regarding child support in germany.i have seen ...
  A: Gordon: German law and the Duesseldorfer Tabelle take into account any expenses persons may have ...
Bavaria Marriage Declaration8/12/2009
  Q: I am an American citizen with German aufenthaltserlaubnis. I am a single man (never married), and ...
  A: Louis: I would advise you to consult with someone at the local US Embassy, as they will be able to ...
child support payment8/10/2009
  Q: I have been divorced from my German wife for 17 years. I have always payed child support for my 2 ...
  A: Neil: since the children are located in Germany, German law, and thus the Duesseldorfer Tabelle, ...
Child Custody and Support8/10/2009
  Q: I'm trying to find out about Child Support and custody. My husband was married while in the military ...
  A: I am sorry to hear about your situation. German law states that any change in income of >10% can ...
Father's German estate8/10/2009
  Q: I have written you some years ago regarding my father's estate or more precisely, my step-mother's ...
  A: Gabriele: Thanks for the questions. Yes, you can enforce your rights to your portion of the estate. ...
german draft8/9/2009
  Q: hello i'm currently working on getting a dual citizenship but i have a question about it regarding ...
  A: Skyler: yes, German law states that you will need to serve either in the German armed forces or do a ...
Child Support/Custody8/8/2009
  Q: I have a really great question for you. I have given birth to a baby girl from an old lover of mine ...
  A: Gwen: thanks for the question, and I am sorry to hear about your sad situation for your daughter. US ...
US father/german stepson and a will8/8/2009
  Q: My American born husband was married to a german citizen and has been divorced for over 16 years and ...
  A: Rebecca: German law states that if this is a step-son and was not adopted by the step-father, then ...
inheritance law in germany8/8/2009
  Q: my father and mother married in vienna in 1943 i was born also in 1943 they divorced in 1949 he ...
  A: German law states that as long as the father is named as such on a child's birth certificate, then ...
General Power of Attorney8/7/2009
  Q: My mother lives in Germany, and is living alone. All of her children live in the USA. She is being ...
  A: German law states that a power of attorney only allows them to work with the bank on your mother's ...
Entmuendigung8/7/2009
  Q: My Mom in Germany is showing signs of Alzheimers. She is not diagnosed yet however she is receiving ...
  A: Conny: German law allows you, as the daughters to be the Betreuer (guardians, if you are able to ...
alimony for my husband´s ex-wife8/6/2009
  Q: My husband has been supporting his wife from the date of divorce i.e almost 11 years. He has ...
  A: Mahua: From what you describe German law would say that he is no longer required to pay alimony. I ...
Marriage8/6/2009
  Q: I am going to be marrying a German citizen in about two months. I am an American citizen and we are ...
  A: Samantha: German law requires you to register the marriage in Germany, which does mean you will need ...
child negligence8/6/2009
  Q: could you please help me. i would like to know what the german laws can do to people making children ...
  A: Chris: thanks for the questions. I understand your frustration, as I deal with such cases routinely. ...
German Child Support Agreement8/6/2009
  Q: In 2003, I acknowledge paternity on my daughter. I also signed an agreement to pay child support. ...
  A: Eric: German law states that child support payments are enforceable in general to garnish your ...
Residence permit after getting married with german8/5/2009
  Q: Im an indonesian dentist who come to germany with tourist visa to stay for 3 months with my german ...
  A: Karin: thanks for the question. I am no expert in immigration law, so I am not the best person to ...
Divorce8/4/2009
  Q: I'm writing on behalf of a friend of mine. He was stationed with the U.S. Army in Germany a few ...
  A: international law states that he can divorce either here in the US or in Germany. As there are no ...
marriage8/4/2009
  Q: I am an American wondering about marrying a friend of mine that is German. We are hoping that the ...
  A: Brandon: German law states that marriage will make it possible for you to work in Germany, with ...
Dusseldorfer Tabellen8/3/2009
  Q: I am ex British Army soldier living in Germany and in receipt of Military pension which is paid into ...
  A: Paul: yes, German law states that such monies do count as income when calculating child support ...
Child Support8/3/2009
  Q: i'am not really sure if this would even apply to german law but im really trying to find answer for ...
  A: Stephanie: I'm sorry to hear about your friend's situation. If there is no one on base that can ...
Divorce in the US8/2/2009
  Q: I'm a german living in Virginia with my husband and three kids. Now my husband and I agreed on ...
  A: Mandy: Thanks for the questions, and I'm sorry to hear about your difficult situation. German law ...
Child Support7/29/2009
  Q: I am an American and lived in Germany for 12 years. During that time a married a German man and we ...
  A: Unfortunately there is not much I can do to help, as US law now applies as the children live here. I ...
Jointly-issued Check7/29/2009
  Q: I now reside in the US. My ex-wife resides in Germany. Two years ago we were issued a $40K check ...
  A: M: thanks for the question. The situation you describe is an unusual one. The legal problem is that ...
Custody7/29/2009
  Q: I have retained a German lawyer so I can see my son. His mother likes to "punish" me by not ...
  A: Chris: Thanks for the question and I am sorry to hear about your situation. German law grants you a ...
Who is responsible for a mothers nursing home deubts7/28/2009
  Q: My cousin is a US citizen, living in the US for over 35 years. His mother lives in Germany and is a ...
  A: Wanthouse. German law does in fact state that he is legally responsible and they can attempt to ...
Child Support/ frauduelent signature7/27/2009
  Q: My situation is a bit complicated. I started having money removed from my pay in September at first ...
  A: Shawn: German law would allow for them to dock your pay in certain circumstances, including those ...
Moving to Germany7/27/2009
  Q: I hope you can help. It is not exactly a culture question but the relevant experts are on vacation. ...
  A: Shelley: Your husband should be able to work as a self-employed person in Germany if he holds a ...
U.S. Proxy Marriage recognized in Germany?7/27/2009
  Q: Mr. Moser, I am a U.S. soldier, currently in Iraq. I have a German fiance and we are currently ...
  A: David: Unfortunately I've heard many stories similar to yours. You could jump through the hoops the ...
child support7/27/2009
  Q: My daughter is now 25 finished beautician school and is looking for a job. She had attended ...
  A: Orlando: from the situation you describe, German law would dictate that you could stop paying child ...
paternity7/26/2009
  Q: I am seeking your advice on a complicated situation I am facing. I few years ago, I had a one time ...
  A: Matthew: if it is determined that paternity is established then German law would require you to pay ...
Child name change in Germany7/23/2009
  Q: My ex-girlfriend lives in Germany with our daughter, If she marries a German and they have children, ...
  A: Anthony: The child would only get his surname if the new husband legally adopts the child and you ...
Divorce/cheating wife7/16/2009
  Q: I was served papers to be present at divorce hearing in Germany. I had 9 days to find a lawyer, I ...
  A: Kevin: I am sorry to hear about your situation. Your best move now is to obtain a lawyer. I would be ...
My son has been taken to Germany without permission!7/16/2009
  Q: My ex-wife and I were married in Florida in 1991. We have lived in the States since that time, and ...
  A: Greg: it is imperative that you move quickly to file a petition against your wife for violating the ...
staying in germany7/15/2009
  Q: I am currently living in germany because of the u.s.military.I have a german born child here who i ...
  A: Roosevelt: normally you would need to marry in order to stay in Germany under these circumstances. ...
german citizenship7/15/2009
  Q: I was born in Germany in 1947 to parents who worked as forced labourers during the war. They came to ...
  A: Jon: thanks for the question. I would have to have more paperwork to look at (if any exists) in ...
Legal Separation7/7/2009
  Q: Good Day, I was married in COP in Germany. I am a South African citizen who had lived in Germany ...
  A: Aspasia: I'm not sure what you mean by "married in COP," but, yes, the legal separation period would ...
Marriage To A Gay German Citizen7/7/2009
  Q: I am an American gay male wishing to marry a male German citizen. Our wish is to marry in Canada or ...
  A: Scott: Thanks for the question. As far as I am aware it is not yet possible to have such a marriage ...
geting married7/6/2009
  Q: me and my girl friend want to get married but i am worried that if we do Germany will make me go ...
  A: Joe: so you are trying to marry in Germany? I don't think you can start a business there before ...
divorce: jurisdiction and law7/5/2009
  Q: I am a German citizen married to a US citizen. We got married in Denmark about 3 years ago (my ...
  A: Theresa: since your normal residence for the past 8 months has been the US, then the US would ...
Visitation rights7/4/2009
  Q: I am British, I have lived in Germany for 6 years and have been married to a German national for 4 ...
  A: Darran: since you have been married and living in Germany for more than 4 years, you should have a ...
German inheritance7/3/2009
  Q: My wife is the daughter of a German citizen who died recently. The other daughter is the heir in the ...
  A: one would normally need to consult the Grundbuchamt for such details, but there's a good chance they ...
Child Turning 187/3/2009
  Q: Hallo, I am a US service member who has a child from a german woman. We were never married, but ...
  A: Brian: if the child decides to attend college then, yes, you will be obligated to continue paying ...
Divorce7/2/2009
  Q: How I can divorce with out a lawyer in Germany, voluntary divorce, both parties agreed. to which ...
  A: Francisca: German law doesn't allow you to divorce without an attorney. You can, however, share a ...
Child Support - overdue payments7/2/2009
  Q: I have been living in Germany a few years now and recently my ex gave birth. I took responsibility ...
  A: Matthew: As you are, for the time being, obligated to pay until the court decision is reached, it ...
parents us citizens in military, had me in germany7/2/2009
  Q: My parents are US citizens and I was born in heidleburg germany because they were in the army. I ...
  A: Shontey: no, you are not a German citizen, rather your birth certificate was only issued in Germany ...
international marriage and divorce7/1/2009
  Q: my name is Mia. I have an Egyptian friend who married a german woman in 1994. He has been living in ...
  A: Mia: she cannot prevent him from seeing the children, but his visitation will be limited to that ...
German law on child support6/30/2009
  Q: My husband is American and was previously married to a German who he had 1 son with. His son turned ...
  A: Christina: thanks for the questions. Yes, you can have the support amount recalculated (by the ...
German Citizenship6/26/2009
  Q: I was born in Germany and lived there until the age of 13 at which point I cam to the U.S. I became ...
  A: Alex: from a German legal standpoint you are entitled to obtain a German passport, but you will need ...
Increase In Child Support6/23/2009
  Q: I'm writing to ask for some advice. My ex-wife is a German citizen, we met and got married in ...
  A: the child support is calculated from your net income (after taxes, health insurance, retirement ...
Inheritance tax6/22/2009
  Q: I am one of several heirs of a home in Germany. We have received a letter from Finanzamt Nordlingen ...
  A: You can ask to pay later but the tax department needs to give you permission to do so ...
German citizenship for Israeli citizen6/19/2009
  Q: Schulz-Burgess , I am living with my family and children in Germany for 8 years and about to apply ...
  A: Boris: yes, according to German law you should be able to retain your Israeli citizenship after ...
German Inheritance6/17/2009
  Q: My wife's German father dies early this year. We received a set of documents that her mother tells ...
  A: It sounds like there was a will and your wife is according to the will inheriting a certain amount. ...
Where to find a will6/17/2009
  Q: I have a question regarding inheritance laws in Germany. My grandmother passed away in Jan of 1985. ...
  A: You would need to contact the closest court in Germany to find out if they have a copy of the will. ...
German Law6/17/2009
  Q: Can a court in Germany make a man pay child support if is willing to take 50/50 custody of a child ...
  A: You would be ordered to pay child support in Germany if you separate or divorce even if you keep 50% ...
Spousal support6/17/2009
  Q: Frau Schulz-Burgess, I'm an American civilian working for the US government and I've been married to ...
  A: The divorce will cost in total ca. 2500,00 -3000,00 Euro (including court fees etc.). Your wife is ...
Last Wills and Testament6/17/2009
  Q: Can you confirm that a German National living in the UAE can make a Will in the UAE and having ...
  A: you have to write the will according to the law in Russia as for as you have assets there only ...
Duel Citizenship6/16/2009
  Q: Ms. Schulz-Burgess, I was born in the U.S. in 1967 to a German(citizen) mother and American father. ...
  A: Clay: If your mother retained her German citizenship and did not relinquish it when she moved to the ...
family laws6/16/2009
  Q: i am currently studying in the uk and would like to get married in germany with my german ...
  A: Jane: If you get married in Germany then you will be granted a temporary residency permit. If you ...
Dual Citizenship6/16/2009
  Q: I'm sure you answered this a hundred times, but I couldn't find the link to read the replies. I ...
  A: if one or more of your parents retained German citizenship (which I believe they could have even if ...
German Citizen benifits?6/13/2009
  Q: My mother-inlaw is a German citizen, she is married to a us citizen and live in the US. My question ...
  A: Your mother in law can claim Rente (social security) from the Bundesversicherungsanstalt after she ...
Child Support6/12/2009
  Q: Canadian mother was married to an American. Daughter is 7 old. American divorced Canadian, married ...
  A: Bernice: you would need someone familiar with the German system to contact the father and, if ...
german inheritance6/11/2009
  Q: My brother went to the bank with the certificate of inheritance. The bank lawyer has been telling my ...
  A: Andrea: it certainly can be true as this is typical behavior from German authorities. If you'd like ...
child support6/10/2009
  Q: I want to know what i need to pay for child support for a 7 and 5 years old child living in germany ...
  A: Rodriguez: If I can get some pay statements from you, as well as a list of monthly expenses, then I ...
child visiting US6/10/2009
  Q: I am a US Citizen and my daughter is German living in Germany. Can her mother apply for a ...
  A: It depends if you are married to the mother or mother and you signed papers so you received joint ...
rights6/9/2009
  Q: I am a serving member of the British Army. I am married to a German national with two children, one ...
  A: According to German law the father has the right to see his daughter 12 days per year. He is also ...
German Inheritance6/8/2009
  Q: I have been through the process and have obtained the Certificate of Inheritance. The German courts ...
  A: Greg: unfortunately the German courts are notoriously slow in such matters. I have heard of ...
PARENT SUPPORT6/8/2009
  Q: I am citizen of Canada and resident of Switzerland. My father immigrated to Germany in 2003 and in ...
  A: unfortunately the German government can claim money from you the question is if they will be able to ...
Inheritance and Legal Ethics6/7/2009
  Q: I am connected with an interfaith campaign in Maryland to protect the rights of the elderly and ...
  A: The attorney only gets in trouble with the bar association if he committed a crime (fraud etc.). It ...
inheritance from german grandmother6/6/2009
  Q: Burgess, My grandmother is German and her husband is deceased. My grandmother had 5 children (4 ...
  A: Yes you (and your siblings) will inherit the part your father would inherited if he would be still ...
Sorgerecht6/2/2009
  Q: Hallo, bei mir ist folgende Situation: Ich (Deutsche) bin verheiratet mit einem US-Staatsbürger. ...
  A: Ebru: rechtlich gesehen hat der Vater das gemeinsame Sorgerecht da ihr offiziell verheiratet seid. ...
child support in germany5/29/2009
  Q: my questions is this. when does child support start? what if the mother doesn't want any support? ...
  A: Knutsen: child supports starts as soon as the child is born (it can even begin beforehand for ...
German husband living in Dubai5/27/2009
  Q: Last year i met a man from Germany and he is living in Dubai since 3 years ! He is married to a ...
  A: Erica: thanks for the question. If she does not agree to the divorce, then he will have to wait for ...
divorce to my german wife and custody rights to our newborn daughter.5/22/2009
  Q: I am an American that married a German woman. Her father died so her travel document got expedited ...
  A: You have at least visitation rights in Germany. You will not qualify for an annulment. So you would ...
Germany/ US child support...5/21/2009
  Q: I live in the US and a child who was born in Germany from divorced parents, now lives in my home. ...
  A: The parents are obligated to support the child until she finishes her education (school/college). ...
Paternaty5/18/2009
  Q: I am American. My girlfriend is German and had my child in Germany. She says the father's name will ...
  A: I am actually not certain if the German Embassy will let you do that, but I would advise you to call ...
divorce and child custody5/15/2009
  Q: I am getting a divorce with my wife who is a German citizen. We currently live in the U.S. My ...
  A: Well, you will need to file where the children are currently located if you wish to file immediately ...
divorse5/13/2009
  Q: I am from Bosnia and Herzegovina and my wife is from Serbia but we live in Germany. We are married ...
  A: Goran: if the company was founded during the marriage and is not exclusively in her name with you ...
Law of succession5/13/2009
  Q: Is it lawful to disinherit in a will, based on a discriminatory ground?
  A: Madri: German law doesn't allow for full disinheriting as anyone with a legitimate claim based on ...
child support, can we modify?5/12/2009
  Q: my husband has an ex wife in germany they had a son together now is 7 years old. he is in the us ...
  A: Nikki: thanks for the questions. Usually you can have the payments adjusted, but there is also a ...
visa situation5/12/2009
  Q: I am from Malawi and my wife is Polish. We got married in June 2006 in Poland and we moved to ...
  A: James: you will need to have been married for at least four years in order to retain the right to ...
divorce and child custody5/11/2009
  Q: What are the child custody rules between the US and Germany? Here is a summary of my situation: I ...
  A: Anne: Since your children currently reside in Germany you will need to file for divorce and custody ...
German Spouse5/8/2009
  Q: Greetings! I am planning to get married to my German fiance in Denmark this month. By ...
  A: In your case I would ask your wife to contact the Standesamt in her hometown about the marriage ...
child support and alimony in germany5/8/2009
  Q: My son is in the air force and is stationed in Germany and has been for the past 5 years. He has ...
  A: Jeanne: yes, he will be required to pay alimony until the child reaches the age of 3. Afterward he ...
Inheritance Rights5/8/2009
  Q: I have a friend, now an Australian resident, who is the grandchild of a senior German officer posted ...
  A: Your friend was able to claim half of the inheritance as his so called Pflichtteil if your friend's ...
Possible German Inheritance ??5/5/2009
  Q: I and other members of my family have been sent letters and personally called by a firm in Koln, ...
  A: Carlene: it is indeed a legitimate service, but you are wise to have contacted a lawyer first. Many ...
my huband's ex-wife5/5/2009
  Q: I hope you can answer my two questions: 1. my husband's ex-wife is raising a court trial for more ...
  A: Ella: thanks for the questions. Here are my answers: 1) he can even put the company in his name (my ...
Work Permit for Non EU Spouse5/5/2009
  Q: Please can you help me. I have been trying to research the laws regarding work permits in Germany, ...
  A: I'm not certain if you will be allowed to work because I don't know what type of visa you will be ...
Child Support5/5/2009
  Q: My son who was in the military married a woman in germany and had a son who just turned 6, However ...
  A: Evelyn: from the little bit of information you provided, it sounds like he is now obligated to pay ...
Foreign Marriage5/3/2009
  Q: My name is Ella, I am Jordanian married to German since two years and we are living in UAE. I have ...
  A: Ella: thanks for the questions. I think that the marriage is considered legal, but must be ...
US Citizen inheriting German property5/1/2009
  Q: I am an American born to two German nationals who have retained their German citizenship but live in ...
  A: Virginia: thanks for the questions. You should not have any problem inheriting the share you are ...
child support4/30/2009
  Q: I am living in Scotland ,UK.I have 2 children who were born in NYC with a german father.The ...
  A: Linda: actually the UK courts have jurisdiction, as that's where the children live. So you will need ...
divorce4/30/2009
  Q: my son was in the military and married a german girl,and they have 2 children and they live in ...
  A: I would be glad to represent your son in his divorce in Germany. My partner from Munich and I are ...
German Inheritance Laws4/27/2009
  Q: We are in the US, trying to settle an estaste in Germany. We have one relative in Germany that ...
  A: Mona: you are correct to be concerned. If you give him power of attorney he can legally act on your ...
German child support effect on New Zealand4/25/2009
  Q: I am a single mother of a young boy, whose father is in Germany, holds German citizenship and has ...
  A: Dana: thanks for the questions. I can't say how much exactly your son would be entitled to without ...
can i bring my daughter with me to Germany?4/25/2009
  Q: i am an Egyptian national woman divorced 13 years ago , i have a daughter who is 14 years old and i ...
  A: as long as you have custody, you can determine the place where your daughter lives. And as long as ...
inheritance rights without will4/23/2009
  Q: Facts: X has 5 children. He sells his property to one of his sons(Y), who compensates the other ...
  A: Since the property was officially sold to the son, then the property is no longer considered part of ...
duel citizenship4/22/2009
  Q: i was born in Germany 1952 and after i was put in an orphanage in july or augest of 1952 i was ...
  A: Oliver: yes, you can claim, and most likely receive, German citizenship based on jus saguinis. I ...
Child Support Arrears.4/21/2009
  Q: I have just currently found out that I fathered a child while in Germany. I had an idea that the ...
  A: Ryan: yes, you are correct that you are liable for the support payments, past, present and future. ...
Citizenship4/21/2009
  Q: I am an American citizen with US passport residing in the USA. My mother was born in Germany in ...
  A: Unfortunately your mother lost her German citizenship according to the former law when she became an ...
getting married in qatar4/20/2009
  Q: Schulz-Burges. My partner and I (both Germans with work visa and permanent resident status for ...
  A: Juliane: you can get married by a Qatari institution and have it recognized by the German ...
Divorce; which country?4/19/2009
  Q: I have previously (11 March) asked you a question that you kindly answered. I would like to ask you ...
  A: Bob: if one of the parties lives in their home country for over 6 months, then a divorce can be ...
Important lost papers4/18/2009
  Q: My wife has recently been dealing with an international child abduction case (we are back in ...
  A: Will: thanks for the question. I would say, yes, that should be possible. But you should move as ...
child support regulations4/18/2009
  Q: I am in the military and was stationed in Germany. i had a child with my girlfriend whom later i ...
  A: Sean: thanks for the question. The short answer is, yes, she can collect from you, even with you ...
inheritance rights4/16/2009
  Q: My father passed away April 2008, he had an Egyptian nationality and he had an account with a German ...
  A: Dina: normally you would simply be told the amount in the account and not about account activity. ...
Need a Power of Attorney to work in Us and Germany4/15/2009
  Q: My uncle is a US citizen with a house and assets in Florida. He is currently residing in Germany ...
  A: NS: it should be valid, but if I were you I would make sure you have obtained a lawyer who ...
divorce4/14/2009
  Q: i am an american soldier married to a local national with a year of separation completed April 13, ...
  A: Franklin: in short, you need to hire a lawyer. I would be happy to represent you; my firm, German ...
Inheritance4/13/2009
  Q: In January 2009, my wife who is a legal resident alien of German descent and having resided in the ...
  A: Curt: Thanks for the question. I assume you would like to know if she will need to pay taxes on the ...
family's right to a deceased person4/11/2009
  Q: a canadian citizen married a woman in Germany and he passed away. Does his family back home in ...
  A: Judy: It depends on what may (or may not) have been stated in his will and/or who was named executor ...
Marriage contract conditions4/10/2009
  Q: Schulz-Burgess, I am a Syrian girl (only have a Syrian nationality) going to be married to a German ...
  A: Nore: sorry for my delay in responding; I have been sick. On to your questions: 1. Properties: the ...
citizenship4/9/2009
  Q: Schulz-Burgess I live in the United States and am an American citizen. My Father is American and my ...
  A: Haakon: Thanks for the question. The best route would be through jus sanguinis, since (I assume) ...
Child payments4/9/2009
  Q: My husband have three children from his previous marriages. He is German national. Until now he paid ...
  A: Your husband is still obligated to pay child support for his other three children as long as they ...
German Son4/7/2009
  Q: I have a seven year old son that lives in Germany. I was in the army and moved my German girlfriend ...
  A: Christophe: When your son turns 8 he will be allowed to come visit you unaccompanied in North ...
child custody order4/3/2009
  Q: I was wondering if non married parents of a child did not sign an agreement to share custody would ...
  A: yes, the mother would have full custody in such a case. The authorities likely do not have such a ...
alimony/shared custoy4/2/2009
  Q: i am a german citizin living in spain.i have shared custody over the 2 children that i have with my ...
  A: Steph: Do you mean change in child support, or alimony (as you said at the end)? When you say that ...
Nonpayment of Child Support3/30/2009
  Q: I'm a German citizen by marriage. I moved here in the US in 1991, and divorced my German wife the ...
  A: Stan: there is indeed a possibility that they will detain you. In your case I would advise that you ...
pre-nuptial and mutual agreement3/30/2009
  Q: i am wondering the differences of the two terms. In addition, is it obligatory for a couple to do ...
  A: Pat: as far as I am aware, there is no difference in the terms. I guess someone could put together a ...
psychological abuse case3/30/2009
  Q: i am have finally come to terms with the end of a relationship with my german partner who i lived ...
  A: I am sorry to hear about your situation. German law does allow for you to receive half of any and ...
Kids on two continents3/28/2009
  Q: I was divorced in Germany in 1997 and moved back to the USA. Since that point, I have paid child ...
  A: Ray: yes, the rate should be adjusted. But you want to be careful that you don't end up paying a ...
german marriage law3/26/2009
  Q: I am an english woman leaving a good job with an excellent pension/ life in England to marry a ...
  A: Lisa: my legal advice would be NOT to sign such a prenuptial agreement. The terms you describe ...
Widow3/23/2009
  Q: They wanted a divorce but nothing was ever finalised and they may have got back together. What is ...
  A: Jerome: I would need to establish definitively whether or not they were divorced before I can say ...
nachlass3/22/2009
  Q: My great aunt died and was a german citizen. My family was instructed to send our birth and death ...
  A: Diana: This is an interesting question and situation. I assume the relative who refuses to send his ...
Re: Child custody3/19/2009
  Q: I am American citizen who married a German citizen in Denmark 3 months ago, and did get the ...
  A: Susanna: If both parties agree to the divorce then the normal 1-year separation period can be ...
child maintenance3/17/2009
  Q: please can you advise how I should read the dusseldorfer tabelle? I have 2 children from my previous ...
  A: Joe: sorry for my delay in responding. She should refer to the system in the country where the ...
extended family reunion3/14/2009
  Q: My family desperately needs your advice on truly critical situation: my brother (kyrgyz citizen) ...
  A: Uli: there is a chance this could be arranged, but these such cases are extremely complicated, so I ...
german child support issues3/13/2009
  Q: I just read a similar story about a child support order coming from Germany. The story was somewhat ...
  A: Scott: thanks for the mail. I cannot tell for certain what may have happened in your situation, but ...
Married to a German divorcing in Texas3/12/2009
  Q: I was wanting to know about the validity of a U.S. divorce in Texas even though I was married in ...
  A: Hunter: the divorce will be legal and legitimate as long as you have the US decree translated and ...
German Inheritance Law & Tax3/11/2009
  Q: My aunt died last year, leaving her estate to 4 nieces and 3 nephews. 6 of us live in Canada. The ...
  A: Jackie: thanks for the question. It could happen that the courts will remove the executor status ...
Renegotiating a Settlement3/10/2009
  Q: Background: A son of mine is living in Germany and married to a Polish woman that has a German ...
  A: Bob: thanks for the question. Normally support payments are recalculated when life circumstances ...
US citizen to file in States or Not? Married to German National3/10/2009
  Q: My boyfriend (US military) is currently separated to a German national whom we believe has filed in ...
  A: Heather: since his wife filed there in Germany he can no longer file in the States. If he would like ...
Inheritance of Bank Account in Germany3/9/2009
  Q: I hope I can provide you with enough information so you can provide a possible answer. My mother ...
  A: Karen: thanks for the question. It does sound correct that additional documentation may be needed ...
advanced child support3/9/2009
  Q: My boyfriend, a u.s. citizen recently retired from the army, received a letter from the german ...
  A: Sarah: if the divorce is in process he should ask his lawyer to address the matter. If he does not ...
no residence permit3/8/2009
  Q: my elderly father has been over in Germany since 3/2006. He was born there, but became a US citizen ...
  A: Elsie: If he was born in Germany I assume he may have German citizenship. Do you know if this is the ...
Divorce, childdren3/4/2009
  Q: My experiences with life in Germany are quite different, namely that the results of German family ...
  A: Kevin: I tend to agree with your assessment of the german court system. In fact, in the 1990s there ...
Divorce & Inheritance3/3/2009
  Q: My husband was in the military and married a German woman while stationed in Germany. He later got ...
  A: Karen: German courts require a translated (by a certified German translator), notarized copy of the ...
German Citizenship3/3/2009
  Q: I am an American, born in America from German parents. My father died before I was born. Because ...
  A: Victor: Sorry for my delay in responding. I do believe that you can apply for and receive dual ...
Child Maintenance3/2/2009
  Q: I am a UK citizen and resident. I am married and have 2 children with my wife. I am in the final ...
  A: I will attempt to answer each of them in order: 1. Yes, that will be taken into account when ...
paternity tests3/2/2009
  Q: My husband was in the military 16 yrs ago, stationed in germany. He was contacted a couple of yrs ...
  A: Jill: Unfortunately the German authorities do sometimes require that the person travel to Germany to ...
U.S tax credit on German inheritance?3/1/2009
  Q: I am a U.S. citizen who recently inherited money from my great aunt (a German citizen) who died in ...
  A: Marlo: you have to report the money here, but you should not be taxed on it if you paid the taxes in ...
German Life insurance/will2/28/2009
  Q: I'm an american citizen and my husband is a german citizen. We have one child and another due this ...
  A: Rebekah: If you are named as the beneficiary of the life insurance policy it should not matter what ...
Divorce, childdren2/28/2009
  Q: I am a us citizen living in Texas, I had orders for all family member to relocate to the state, we ...
  A: Since you have already received papers from a German lawyer stating that your wife wants a divorce, ...
second marriage2/27/2009
  Q: Respected sir I want to ask that if a german nationality holder man get married again with another ...
  A: Aleena: no, a German national cannot be married again without getting divorced first. The ...
german insolvency law2/24/2009
  Q: I work for a germany company but I am located in the UK. My salary is paid by the company and my ...
  A: Bob: I'm sorry but this is really outside of my expertise. I'm a family lawyer and not really ...
Prenuptial Agreements--alimony; also residency for an international spouse2/24/2009
  Q: I am an American (USA) citizen, currently living in Germany (Hessen area). I have been dating a ...
  A: A prenuptial agreement such as you speak of would be legal under German law. Since you live in ...
german mom -american born baby2/18/2009
  Q: I am a german citizen ,but have been a permanent resident in the US for the past 14 yrs. I`m ...
  A: Monika: According to German law, if you're not married you will receive sole custody of the child. ...
Paternal rights2/18/2009
  Q: I have a german girlfriend whom I know since almost 2 yrs. She is currently in Germany pregnant with ...
  A: Roy: In the case that the relationship doesn't work out you would be obligated to pay child support ...
Status of Niederlassungerlaubnis after divorce2/16/2009
  Q: I came to Germany with Visum zur Eheschließung and after marriage with my German wife got a ...
  A: You need to be married for 4 years and live together officially for at least 4 years in Germany in ...
marry with a german girl2/15/2009
  Q: i am in pakistan . i wana marry with a german national girl after 3 years. can u tell me if i marry ...
  A: Hammad: If you marry a German citizen you'll be granted first a 2-year visa to live in Germany. If ...
Inheritance/testamentary2/14/2009
  Q: My friend who is a Sri Lankan citizen died in Germany. About 2 weeks before his death while in ...
  A: Normally the law that applies to an inheritance is the law of the country where the estate is ...
Child support payments2/10/2009
  Q: My German wife left me 12 years ago and returned to Germany with our 18month old daughter. She lived ...
  A: I understand your situation. But according to German law (Dusseldorfer table) you are obligated to ...
pre nup2/8/2009
  Q: i have a question in regards to german marriage and divorce law. I have been living with my ...
  A: In general I would advice you not to sign a pre nup. Because you sign off your right to claim ...
Triing to stay in germany with my wife2/6/2009
  Q: I am a American living in germany with my german wife , She speaks some english english ,but not ...
  A: what you describe sounds, unfortunately, like the familiar experiences most foreigners have when ...
Divorce Expense and Time in Germany, Travel with Child2/5/2009
  Q: I've lived in Germany for 15 years and been married for 10. I'm U.S. and my wifes German. Our son is ...
  A: The average divorce costs with a child involved are ca. 2000,00 Euro. It can be less if the parties ...
German Elternunterhalt Law internationally2/4/2009
  Q: Do you know if you receive a German letter from Germany (to the US) asking for financial disclosure ...
  A: It doesn't matter which citizenship the children have according to the German SGB. That means you ...
child support2/3/2009
  Q: I am a former American soldier. I was stationed in Germany from 1988 to 1990. I presently live ...
  A: Alan: thanks for the question. Sorry it has taken me longer than usual to respond. The reason for my ...
german marrying american2/1/2009
  Q: I am a German citizen, currently living in the US. I am marrying an American citizen. We will marry ...
  A: You will need to get your marriage registered in Germany. Call the Standesamt in your hometown to ...
Scheidung in Mauritius dt recht1/30/2009
  Q: Guten Tag, Mein Mann und ich, beide Deutsche, haben vor 15 Jahren in Deutschland nach dt. Recht ...
  A: Sehr geehrte Frau von Kirchmann, Sie haben Recht, dass nach Art. 17 I i.V.m. Art. 14 I Nr. 1 EGBGB ...
foreign inheritance - Germany1/29/2009
  Q: this question is further to Brian's questions relating to a firm in Berlin indicating the an estate ...
  A: Marianne: such firms are in many people's eyes predatory law firms. They attend public releases of ...
Back Child Support/lawyer/child support1/28/2009
  Q: Ok My husband was stationed in Germany and had a relationship with a woman. She then got pregnant ...
  A: Normally you would only have one month to appeal any paternity claims, so it looks like the courts ...
Child Support1/26/2009
  Q: married my wife in england whilst i was stationed in germany in 1993 she is german and i am ...
  A: According to German law you are obligated to pay the minimum child support amount according to the ...
Child support responsibilty from German citizen to a US citizen.1/25/2009
  Q: I'am a 23 year old American citizen living in the US. I met a girl in the US that has dual ...
  A: As long as the mother lives in Germany you are obligated according to German law to pay child ...
age cut off for support1/23/2009
  Q: What is the age limit in germany.I live in the states and have no clue to this,also trying to get ...
  A: I assume you are asking when you will no longer be required to pay child support for a child of your ...
Vorfaelligkeitsentschaedigung fuer US Army-Angehoerige bei Umzug von D nach USA?1/21/2009
  Q: Mein Mann (US Army) und ich haben 2004 eine Wohnung in Heidelberg gekauft. Im Mai 2008 bekamen wir ...
  A: Hallo Stefanie, der BGH (Bundesgerichtshof)hat in seiner Entscheidung von 2004 entschieden, dass ...
Child support1/19/2009
  Q: My husband was station in Germany a while back and now he has received a letter wanting to test ...
  A: You need to look up the newest Dusseldorfer table to find out the amount your husband is obligated ...
child support1/18/2009
  Q: in 2001 my girlfriend gave birth to a baby girl, being a father was great, but i could not find work ...
  A: You are obligated to pay child support according to the Dusseldorfer table. The payments can also be ...
Inheritence1/15/2009
  Q: A German friend of mine, resident in UK for last 40 yrs, died last yr. Her will left everything to ...
  A: Griffin, You need to obtain an inheritance certificate (Erbschein) from the German court ...
Inheritance tax1/14/2009
  Q: Burgess, I am an American living in Germany and will be receiving an inheritance left by uncle. His ...
  A: There is an international treaty that prevents you from paying inheritance taxes in the US and in ...
unterhalts1/12/2009
  Q: My problem is, I recently seperated from my daughters father, he is German Iam British, our daughter ...
  A: I assume that you live with your daughter in Germany. If so You have the right to receive the full ...
egyptian baby born in germany1/7/2009
  Q: I am an egyptian women married to egyptian man having a german residency and living there. me and my ...
  A: I am not an immigration law expert. But as far as I know the child will no receive the German ...
Custody1/6/2009
  Q: I am an American living in Karlstein Germany at the moment. My wife is German. We have three small ...
  A: Your wife can stay in Germany if she decides to do so. In the long run she would need to file for ...
immigration visa and divorce1/5/2009
  Q: My older brother in Germany married a woman of East African nationality (i will call her "Dani"), ...
  A: First of all I have to say that I am not an Immigration law expert. But I guess that Dani would need ...
Child Support1/4/2009
  Q: I am a german citizen and had a daughter w/ a us solider. We had relationship about 6 mo prior to ...
  A: You need to obtain a German court order to enforce child support payments in the US. The payments ...
child custody1/3/2009
  Q: Greetings Carolin, I have 4 year son with german woman and would like to move back to the states ...
  A: If you are not married but signed all the documents for the Vaterschaftsanerkennung you have joint ...
How to file a divorce in Germany and obtain a child support against german citizen?12/31/2008
  Q: My sister is married to a German citizen and she have permanent resident there in Germany. Now, she ...
  A: Your sister can not leave Germany permanently with the child without the father's permission. In ...
Child state support12/17/2008
  Q: I married a german women in the early 90s we are still married, we have 2 kids 14 aand 15. I lived ...
  A: According to German law you are obligated to pay the money back that the Jugendamt paid over the ...
child support12/15/2008
  Q: I am a Canadian citizen with a child by a German man. we were not married, I resident in, and have ...
  A: I'm sorry you are disappointed with my answer. As I tried to point out, there are two ways to have ...
Child visitation12/13/2008
  Q: This is for my husband; his ex wife is german and moved back to germany last year with their 4 year ...
  A: Your husband is according to German law only allowed to receive visitation rights if the mother has ...
How much should I pay?12/11/2008
  Q: I have two children with two different women and both living in germany,and am paying the child ...
  A: Generally you are obligated to pay at least 279,00 Euro child support per child each month. You are ...
child maintenance12/10/2008
  Q: Him and his wife are getting divorced through the UK Law (she is German, he is British) They have ...
  A: As long as the children are living in Germany German law applies. The Duesseldorfer Tabelle ...
DNA test12/9/2008
  Q: my name is Walter and I was stationed in Germany during 1995 to 1997. I moved to Georgia in 2005 and ...
  A: Your situation is difficult because the mother has already a German court decision to enforce child ...
Please I need your advise12/8/2008
  Q: I am PhD student(Promotion) in Göttingen. I asked Jugendamt to help me for my daughter for ...
  A: I understand your problem. According to German law you don't have the right to receive Kindergeld ...
Kidnaping!?12/7/2008
  Q: I am a German citizen and i have a son he is also a German I am Married to an American. We moved to ...
  A: You probably violated the Hague Convention by moving with your child to the US without the father's ...
Visitation / Child Support12/3/2008
  Q: I'm a U.S. Citizen who has a three year old son with a German Citizen living in Berlin. I support my ...
  A: My business partner from Munich, she is a family lawyer as well, would be glad to enforce child ...
Child Visitation and Support12/1/2008
  Q: I am a US citizen, my fiancee is German and plans to emigrate to the US when we are married. He is ...
  A: It is sad that your fiancee is not able to see his children regularly. Unfortunately it is almost ...
divorce11/27/2008
  Q: ich bin, und war, deutscher Staatsbürger. Meine Frau ist amerikanerin wohnhaft in Puerto Rico.1971 ...
  A: My partner from Munich and I would be glad to file for divorce for you in your hometown in Germany. ...
Spousal & child support11/26/2008
  Q: "My husband has decided to divorce me even though I asked him to try and work it out for the kids. ...
  A: The child support payments depend on the Duesseldorfer Tabelle. If your husband's net income after ...
Visitation outside of Germany11/18/2008
  Q: If I cannot fly and my child is 6 yrs old. How much visitation can I get if she comes to the ...
  A: According to the German court decisions children are allowed to fly by themselves with the help of a ...
change in German law?11/17/2008
  Q: she still live's in the USA as a German national with resident alien status with green card, she ...
  A: I am sorry but I am not an immigration law expert. You need to contact the nearest German Embassy or ...
marriage seperation11/16/2008
  Q: me and my husband have been seperated for some months and I will like to know if its worth working ...
  A: According to German law your husband will need to pay child support (until the child turns 18 years ...
Child maintenance10/20/2008
  Q: This concerns a german lady living in Germany. Having had a baby boy to an English boyfriend, how ...
  A: my business partner from Munich and I would be glad to obtain a German court decision for your ...
dual citizenship10/17/2008
  Q: I was born in Germany in the year 1984 to 2 U.S. parents. I lived in Germany from 1984 till the year ...
  A: John: I am not an expert on US law, so I can't say what the US might rule, but I know that it is ...
divorce question10/14/2008
  Q: I am not married yet, but I plan to be next month. I am wondering if something terrible happens in ...
  A: You would indeed need to secure a divorce or a separation agreement that allows you to return to the ...
Fathers rights10/11/2008
  Q: My son was in the army and stationed in Germany, during this time he met a girl and they had a ...
  A: Your son has the right to speak with his daughter on the phone once a week. He also is allowed to ...
Schooling while in Germany10/10/2008
  Q: Greetings, and thanks for taking the time to consider our situation. My family will be in Europe ...
  A: Normally children in Germany need to attend German schools. Homeschooling is officially not allowed. ...
inheritance10/9/2008
  Q: My mother moved here over 40 years ago from Germany. She passed away last year. One of her ...
  A: If the testament is valid you are not entitled to a part of the inheritance. But if the testament is ...
Marriage between German and Costa Rican10/8/2008
  Q: I'm from Costa Rica, my fiance is from Germany. We are planning on marrying and living in Germany. ...
  A: I am sorry but I don't know if it will be better for you to marry in Costa Rica or in Germany. I ...
Divorce and Child Custody10/6/2008
  Q: Carolin, I filed for divorce from my wife of 3+ years last month. She is a US Citizen with a ...
  A: It will be difficult for you to have custody determined here since the mother is living in Germany ...
Moved to Germany10/5/2008
  Q: Carolin. I divorced some 5 years ago in the UK. The court proceedings awarded house and most assets ...
  A: Keith: your reduced salary should entitle you to lower payments, but I'll need more specifics until ...
child support and rights10/4/2008
  Q: i got a baby from a german guy, have lots of troubles in assuming it as i had to quit my job ...
  A: The German father has to pay child support. Because you live in the US the amounts depend on the ...
Defacto relationships10/3/2008
  Q: I have assets in Germany but I live in Australia and have a de facto partner and we are about to ...
  A: The Australian prenuptial agreement will be valid in Germany if you live and marry in Australia and ...
child support case judgement10/2/2008
  Q: I have just lost a child support case in Germany. I have to pay maintenance from 2005 because the ...
  A: I am sorry but it common practice that the Jugendamt and the German courts send their letters out in ...
marriage in Germany9/11/2008
  Q: am English and divorced my partner is a German National, we have no children and none on the way. We ...
  A: Is there any way of obtaining a copy from the court where you were married? I would think that this ...
divorced or not8/31/2008
  Q: A very good friend of mine whilst serving Germany in 1991 married a German lady. In 1995 the ...
  A: Paul: German law does not grant a divorce automatically. He can file for divorce and have the ...
German Inheritance8/27/2008
  Q: My father just recently passed away (2008), he was a German citizen and retired as a Beamter bei Der ...
  A: According to German law your Pflichtteil will be 1/4 of the inheritance. The inheritance will ...
German plantiff seeking child support from U.S. Defendant8/27/2008
  Q: I asked another Online Expert some questions, and need services, but he is booked. Can you provide ...
  A: I would be glad to help you in this matter with my partner from Munich. According to German law your ...
Separation assets7/23/2008
  Q: I am Brazilian-US citizen I married a German woman, we've lived for about 18 months together, ...
  A: Wilson: she is only entitled to any assets you may have acquired during your marriage. As you say ...
Late Child Support Payment7/23/2008
  Q: Burgess, About four years ago, a friend of mine and I had a bit too much to drink, had sex and she ...
  A: According to German law you have to pay minimum child support no matter if you have a job or not. ...
Step parent adoption7/22/2008
  Q: My husband was not married to his German girlfriend. In 2005 she moved to England to live with him ...
  A: According to German law the mother has sole custody because your husband was not married when the ...
Visa Stamp7/22/2008
  Q: I'm just merried with a german woman on 18 july 2008 in Bornholm-Denmark and I came/citizen of ...
  A: Did you notify the locally responsible German authorities (perhaps the Standesamt) that you were ...
Notary7/21/2008
  Q: I am British and my separated Husband is German born with dual citizenship, To keep a long story ...
  A: Melanie: have you tried contacting a British lawyer about this? Since he seems to be in England at ...
German/American Divorce7/21/2008
  Q: My husband is a German citizen and I am American. I moved to Germany 10 months ago and we were ...
  A: Stephanie: I'm sorry to hear about your situation. The potentially good news is that any property ...
Germany inheritance7/21/2008
  Q: My brother and I have inherited some property in the municipality of Goldenstedt, Germany, which is ...
  A: Denise: there are no web sites in English that I know of, but you can try to search for "real estate ...
german family law7/12/2008
  Q: My German boyfriend of 3 years has asked me to marry him. He is military and is posted back to ...
  A: Don't sign the prenuptial agreement. It would mean that you have no financial rights if you would ...
German adoption/American father7/10/2008
  Q: I met Jutta in America and we married early in 2008 and moved back to Germany. May 18th Keenan was ...
  A: I am sorry that you are disappointed with my answer. But German authorities often don't provide ...
dual citizenship7/4/2008
  Q: the father of my son is already married and the son has a german passport. is it possible that my ...
  A: According to German law the wife of your son's father will inherit 50 percent and the children of ...
Inheritance6/29/2008
  Q: My mom received a letter from a German courthouse stating that one of her brothers died and she is ...
  A: Your mother has one month to refuse the inheritance in writing at the court. Otherwise she is ...
I got married in Germany and now I'm gettting divorced6/24/2008
  Q: I am in the Army in Afghanistan and have been sending my wife money each month. We were planning to ...
  A: The German government can enforce child support payments through the US court system. But it will ...
So when does German Alimony end6/18/2008
  Q: My husband was legally separated in 1975 paid court ordered unterhalt until actually divorced in ...
  A: If his ex-wife can support herself with her retirement payments your husband is not obligated to pay ...
German Marriage Contract6/17/2008
  Q: In New York, a marital agreement must be signed in a specific manner or else it will not be ...
  A: According to Art. 1410 German Civil Code (Buergerliches Gesetzbuch) the marital agreement is valid ...
Inheritance6/14/2008
  Q: I'm a US citizen and will inherit a house in Munich from my uncle. I will be the only inheritant. ...
  A: According to the German inheritance taxes you have to pay 17 percent in taxes if the value of the ...
Divorce from a German Spoouse6/9/2008
  Q: I'm an American civilian stationed in Germany. I wish to divorce my German wife. If I understand ...
  A: You can file for divorce in Germany while you live there. My partner from Munich and I would be glad ...
Paternity issues6/8/2008
  Q: Hopefully you can provide some information to me. I was married to a German Citizen in Germany in ...
  A: According to German law you are not obligated to pay for a child that is not yours after you got ...
Moving back to Germany or staying in US5/31/2008
  Q: My husband and I have been married for 10 years. We have always lived in the US. My husband is a ...
  A: I am not a immigration law expert. Your husband will receive his retirement benefits after he turned ...
Seperation/Custody of a child/maintenance/division of property5/30/2008
  Q: You have answered a question for myself and my GF previously but we have another question that ...
  A: She can move to the UK after her daughter turned 16 years old without the fathers permission if they ...
Child Support and school5/26/2008
  Q: Guten Tag Frau Burgess. I have a question about my son and school. I am an American citizen, ex ...
  A: The child support/school payments can be adjusted if you loose your job. But you have to pay a ...
Child support5/20/2008
  Q: I'm trying to help someone. She is a woman who lived in Germany and got divorced in Germany. She ...
  A: The mother needs to obtain a child support decision from the responsible court in Indonesia. ...
AM I DIVORCED?5/17/2008
  Q: GOOD DAY,CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME.I WAS MARRIED IN 1999 IN ENGLAND.WE THEN MOVED TO SOUTHERN IRELAND ...
  A: I would be glad to contact the family court in your (ex-) wife's hometown to find out if you got ...
German Divorce Law5/13/2008
  Q: A German citizen and her children are in dreadful need for your advice. PLEASE KEEP THIS QUESTION ...
  A: I think if your niece is divorced according to Egyptian law her ex-husband would only need to ...
Paternity5/12/2008
  Q: I am German & I have a 11 year old daughter with an american who resides in N.C.His dad was ...
  A: You have to file for the Vaterschaftsanerkennung/paternity acknowledgement and child support at the ...
Is the Duesseldorfer Tabelle the final word?4/25/2008
  Q: My husband has a 5yr old kid with another woman. They were never married but he is on the birthcert. ...
  A: I understand your situation. But your husband has to pay the minimum child support per month ...
child support4/24/2008
  Q: I have a question about child support. I am German/American and my Ex-husband is a US citizen. We ...
  A: According to the Duesseldorfer Tabelle you are entiled to at least 516,00 Euro child support per ...
Germany - inheritance law4/22/2008
  Q: Is it true that if one makes a claim to an estate that their also "inherits" the debt? Or is it ...
  A: According to German law you can only inherit the debt if there are no assets left. If you don't want ...
Jordanian German divorce4/17/2008
  Q: i have a friend that has been divorced to her german spouse according to the jordanina law, and then ...
  A: I don't know how the division of assets will be in this case because they got divorced according to ...
Kinderunterhalts for the Unemployed4/15/2008
  Q: I am an American living & working in Germany. During my 7 year marriage with my ex-wife (German), we ...
  A: You can find the english version of the Duesseldorfer Tabelle online: newest Dusseldorfer table.jpg. ...
Visitation Rights4/6/2008
  Q: I´ve been divorced from a German National for about five years. We have a daughter that is twelve ...
  A: You have the right to see your daughter on a regular basis (for example every second weekend and ...
Residency Petition3/19/2008
  Q: I am an American Soldier currently stationed in the United States. I was stationed in Germany from ...
  A: Your best bet is to pursue this as a Hague Convention kidnapping case. You have until August 2008 to ...
American-German speration/child custody3/12/2008
  Q: Schulz-Burgess, I am an American citizen married to a German citizen living in Germany. We are in ...
  A: My business partner from Munich (she is a family lawyer herself) and I would be glad to help you in ...
Divorce in Germany3/11/2008
  Q: I am an American man having a internet and telephone relationship with a German man (Dan) in Berlin ...
  A: Unfortunately I am not a immigration law expert. Normally a married spouse can receive a permanent ...
German/US visitation3/7/2008
  Q: Appreciate info...While stationed in Germany (US Army) I meet my ex-wife came back to the states got ...
  A: According to German law your daughter will not be allowed to visit you alone in the US before she ...
VISITATION & SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER3/6/2008
  Q: I am a US Soldier in the states, and my son is living in Germany with his German mother. How do I ...
  A: You have to contact the US state department in Washington to find out about the social security ...
Divorce from German2/29/2008
  Q: Ms. Schulz-Burgess, I am an American in the US Air Force married to a German man and staioned in ...
  A: You can file for divorce in Germany after you were separated for 1 year (or both parties agree to ...
Child Support/visitation2/13/2008
  Q: I've been divorced now for one year, I live in South Carolina and my children live in Germany with ...
  A: Timothy, The child support has to be calculated by your average net income (after taxes, health ...
Unterhalt2/12/2008
  Q: Sehr geehrte Frau Schulz, mein Sohn und ich wohnen in Wiesbaden/Deutschland und ich habe ein ...
  A: Dorothea, wenn der Vater nicht regelmaessig Unterhalt zahlt, koennen Sie das Jugendamt einschalten. ...
citizenship2/4/2008
  Q: I am a U.S. citizen. I was married in 1989 in Germany to a German man. We came back to the states ...
  A: You never received German citizenship with your marriage. You just were allowed to live in Germany ...
child support enforcement1/28/2008
  Q: Guten tag, I have a U.S.(Massachusetts) child support court order. My ex-husband lives in Kleve, ...
  A: You need to enforce the US court support decision through the German court system ...
Father's debts in Germany1/27/2008
  Q: My father moved to Germany in 1986 to be close to his brother, two sisters, and his nieces and ...
  A: Marta: Thanks for the question. If you do not have any income of your own and you put all of your ...
Spousal Support1/25/2008
  Q: If I get a joint custody order in the US for my son who is now 12, will the German courts enforce ...
  A: Michael: Is your son in the US or in Germany? I assume your ex-wife/wife is in Germany and your son ...
Inheritance1/17/2008
  Q: This is a bit of a complicated case but my divorced mother, who had German nationality died recently ...
  A: According to German law you as the sole child have the right to receive a "Pflichtteil" in the ...
child support1/8/2008
  Q: I have tried so many avenues that I am almost running out of ideas. I divorced my German husband in ...
  A: According to German law his friend is not obligated to give you any information. Maybe you can try ...
Inheritance Law Germany1/7/2008
  Q: I really appreciate your time on this. Happy New Year 2008. Now, here goes our problem My french ...
  A: According to German law you have to refuse the inheritance with in 1 month after you found out that ...
divorce1/5/2008
  Q: i am fileing for a divorce sometime this comming week what im intrested in knowing is how much money ...
  A: The minimum child support for US citizen is 203,00 Euro. I would be glad to calculate your support ...
Child Custody1/4/2008
  Q: Ms. Schulz-Burgess, I am an American Soldier. I was stationed in Germany for over 5 years. While I ...
  A: Unfortunately what you read about the German courts about custody is true. I would advice you to ...
Separation-rights to child-property12/18/2007
  Q: I am UK Citizen my expartner German we have a daughter J born 25/03/2003. We met in Tanzania and she ...
  A: I understand that you were not treated fairly by your partner. You still need to be careful and ...
Paternity12/4/2007
  Q: My (ex)girlfriend, a German, and presently living in Germany has just given birth to a child. I am ...
  A: Because your child and the mother live in Germany support, custody and visitation rights are ...
divorce11/29/2007
  Q: my friends was married to a German citizen here in the USA he is currently striding to file for ...
  A: Unfortunately it is true that the German law says that it is officially his child unless the mother ...
divorce support - international11/28/2007
  Q: I was married in the US 7 years ago but neither me nor my husband are US citizens. Now I am a ...
  A: You have to file for custody for your children if your husband doesn't agree that you leave the ...
divorce11/15/2007
  Q: I have question I have 2 kids 4 years old and 5 months old with a German Citizen. We have been ...
  A: You can get divorced in the US if you are now both living in the US. You also have to pay child ...
Cohabitation in Germany11/14/2007
  Q: My partner is American, I am British, both mid thirties, no children and we have been together 4 ...
  A: According to German law you have more rights if you are married. But you have for example the right ...
Obtaining divorce in Germany (neither spouse in German)11/14/2007
  Q: I (an American) have been separated from my British husband, who I moved to Germany with in 2003, ...
  A: You can file for divorce at the court in your German home town if you still live in Germany. My ...
Child support11/13/2007
  Q: Im in need of urgent help. Im a serving soldier now based in the UK, with full custody/residential ...
  A: Your situation is complicated. The mother is obligated to pay child support. The decision you have ...
My Fiance's Situation...11/12/2007
  Q: I hope you can advise us. I am an American and my fiance is a German. We had met in New York while ...
  A: According to German law your partner is obligated to pay support to his children and to his wife as ...
divorce - condominium11/8/2007
  Q: I am 41 years old woman - Czech citizen Married in Prague, Czech Republic with my husband - German ...
  A: You can file for divorce in Germany. The court will only split your and your husband's properties if ...
Who has jurisdiction?11/6/2007
  Q: I am asking this question on behalf of my brother. He and his wife (both American citizens) were ...
  A: Yes they need to file for divorce in Germany. They can get the divorce registered in the US after ...
child support from a german father11/6/2007
  Q: I am pregnant from a German man. I live in Germany,but not married with the person and I want to ...
  A: You have custody of your child as long as you don't sign a paper that gives the father joint ...
Abandoned10/19/2007
  Q: Liebe Frau Schulz-Burgess, I have read several of your advice responses to questions from many ...
  A: I would be glad to calculate what you are obligated to pay for child support and alimony. The ...
re: question regarding personal jurisdiction10/18/2007
  Q: My sister and her husband are both US citizens. They were married in the USA and then resided in ...
  A: Your sister's husband can file for divorce in Germany. But the US courts have jurisdiction for ...
Divorce10/17/2007
  Q: My boyfriend was married to a german woman 5 years ago in germany, he now lives in the United ...
  A: Sophia, He can file for divorce in Germany or in the US as long as they don't have any children. In ...
PAYMENT OF WIFE'S LEGAL FEES10/16/2007
  Q: I have a friend (an Australian citizen who lives in Australia) that is in a horrible situation where ...
  A: His wife is only able to obtain financial aid according to German law if her husband has a very low ...
lee-more10/15/2007
  Q: my name is lee-more kohen and i live in Israel (tel Aviva) i am 35 years old Israeli with 2 kids ...
  A: I don't know if your children can receive a German passport because this is out of my expertise. The ...
requirement for spouse to work once the cild is 310/13/2007
  Q: My wife and i started our separation process 2.5 years after we got married (april 2007) when our ...
  A: I understand your frustration. The new law according alimony will probably pass in the first half of ...
Child Visitation Rights10/13/2007
  Q: I am a British National. My fiance is a German national, and was married to a man frm the Gambia. ...
  A: She doesn't need to keep attending the supervised visitation meetings if your German lawyer sends a ...
Inheritance10/10/2007
  Q: I am asking this on behalf of my partner. She is the sole child of a German father and he had ...
  A: It might take a while for the documents to arrive. If you don't hear anything after a couple of ...
German divorce/alimony10/8/2007
  Q: I have been separated from my German husband for 7 months now and have been receiving financial ...
  A: your husband will still need to pay alimony if you will file for it during the divorce proceedings. ...
Child Support - Germany10/6/2007
  Q: I am British and my wife German and we both permanently reside in the UK. My wife has 2 children ...
  A: Cross, It is not very likely that the German lawyer will calculate the child support amounts ...
german inheritance10/4/2007
  Q: My parents are both German. When I was 5 they divorced. Then when I was 9 my mother remarried a ...
  A: Schmidt, According to German law you have a Pflichtteilsrecht even if your father wrote you out of ...
Divorce/Separation proceedings in Germany to non Germans9/20/2007
  Q: Married in England, I am from New Zealand (now aged 45 years)and my husband is Irish (now aged 40 ...
  A: Arlene, According to German international private law you can file for divorce in Germany. You will ...
divorce in Germany9/19/2007
  Q: Me and my husband are dual military and stationed in Grafenwoer. We both agree on getting a divorce ...
  A: Shaneequah, You can file for divorce and custody/child support in Germany. It will cost ca. 2000,00 ...
paying money for an unborn child9/12/2007
  Q: I am a soldier stationed in Germany and the mother for the unborn child is telling me that i will ...
  A: There is a new law that you have to support mother and child until the child turns three years old. ...
Divorce9/12/2007
  Q: I was Canadian soldier stationed in Germany from 1986-1990. I married a German girl while in ...
  A: She can not get part of the house or alimony. Normally the army doesn't give information out to the ...
German child support9/11/2007
  Q: An American friend has a 25-year old child living in Germany with his German mother. My friend paid ...
  A: The father has to support his son until he turns 27 years old if he is attending the University. You ...
child support9/9/2007
  Q: My husband has two children with his ex-wife, who is German, and both of the kids were born in the ...
  A: The child support has to be calculated according to German law and can only be enforced in the US. ...
divorce in germany9/7/2007
  Q: I am british live in germany and was married in germany. seperated from wife december 2002, filed ...
  A: Your wife needs to be represented by a lawyer and the lawyer needs to respond to the court. ...
Father Rights9/3/2007
  Q: I have a 8 month old son in Germany, I pay child support and I have bought everything that he has. ...
  A: According to German law you have the right to visit your son at least 12 days per year. And you have ...
Inheritance Law8/30/2007
  Q: My mother has recently passed away in Germany, I am the sole beneficiary to everything. The banks ...
  A: The situation seemed to be complicated. I think you will need legal representation. I would be glad ...
Notary Public for German Inheritance8/13/2007
  Q: My German Uncle passed away on May 7th, 2007. He left his assets to my sister and I. I am getting ...
  A: You don't need to get it notarized if the court is not asking for it. You will need to obtain an ...
child support8/11/2007
  Q: My German husband and I are currently living in Bonn but would like to move to the USA (my hometown ...
  A: Laura, He might not be able to see his children so often if he moves to the US and the children are ...
German law :divorce law8/10/2007
  Q: Am a Kenyan citizen with two children,aged 12 and 6yrs.Am in a 2yrs relationship with a German man ...
  A: 1. Your boyfriend has to share the value of the inheritance if he inherited the houses during his ...
DIVORCE8/10/2007
  Q: I arrived home to a stack of papers from a German lawyer written in German and some what translated. ...
  A: I would be glad to help you in this matter. My partner in Germany (she is a licensed lawyer herself) ...
Child Support calculation8/9/2007
  Q: I recently moved from GER to the US. My income is significantly higher over here - even though I'm ...
  A: You can deduct the expenses for private retirement plans, you can also deduct the cost for a health ...
child custody8/8/2007
  Q: i was stationed in germany for 4 years and i had a daughter. my daughter M lives with her mom in ...
  A: According to German law you are allowed to visit your daughter at least for 12 days per year. You ...
Sibling financial responsibility8/8/2007
  Q: My mother was a German citizen. She moved to the US in her 20's and became a US citizen. She now ...
  A: Pete: If the brother has no closer relatives and no money of his own then, yes, your mother as the ...
german fathers inheritance8/6/2007
  Q: my father, a german citizen passed away last october. his house in germany will be sold by the end ...
  A: Gabriele: At that price you may actually be exempt from taxes. If you'd like me research this ...
ex moving to canada8/6/2007
  Q: My childrens father is planning on returning to Canada. He has dual citizenship. We still have an ...
  A: He still has to pay child support according to the Duesseldorfer Tabelle when he lives in Canada. ...
Age a child can choose which parent to live with8/2/2007
  Q: My ex-wife (a German national) and I have a 14 year old son together, she filed for divorce and ...
  A: According to German law your son can decide when he turns 16 years old with which parent he wants to ...
Child Support to Germany7/31/2007
  Q: My husband has a child with a woman living in Germany. The child is 3yrs old and the mother has not ...
  A: Your husband is only still obligated to support the mother if they were married. Otherwise he can ...
child support7/31/2007
  Q: I am a US citizen that had a son born in Germany, by his German born mother. The mother and I were ...
  A: I would be glad to recalculate what you are obligated to pay for child support after you had two ...
Divorce in Germany7/24/2007
  Q: I and my wife are not citizens of Germany. Married in 2000 in Lithuania that was not EU country at ...
  A: You can file for divorce in Germany or in Lithuania. But the German court will be responsible for ...
child support7/24/2007
  Q: my son's father is a German citizen and he never paid child support since my 4 1/2 year old was ...
  A: Melanie: I'm sorry to hear about your problems. Where to you have a divorce decision from? This will ...
custody7/23/2007
  Q: my husband(military)and i are divorcing. If he has filed papers in idaho (they're on "hold"), can I ...
  A: Robin: It only matters for the divorce and alimony who filed first. There might be an exception if ...
german spousal rights7/22/2007
  Q: My ex.wife, married a german citizen, and now lived for 5 years with my 3 kids....my kids were 14, ...
  A: After five years of marriage the mother of your children has the right to stay permanently in ...
Divorce from Austrian Wife from USA7/20/2007
  Q: I will divorce my Austrian wife with whom I have been living for the past 8 years in Germany. She ...
  A: I would be glad to help you in this matter. You are obligated to pay child support according to ...
Canadians separating in Germany, 1 child involved7/18/2007
  Q: My husband and I are both Canadians living in Germany. We have one child, born in Germany in 2004, ...
  A: You need your husband's permission or a custody decision from the court in order to take your ...
Divorcing a German National7/17/2007
  Q: I hope you can help me. I am currently separated from my German husband who still lives in Germany, ...
  A: You can file for divorce in the US. I depends on your home state when you can file. You need to ...
on inherit case7/17/2007
  Q: Hallo, i ask question about my boyfriend's inherit case.he has one sister. his parents made a ...
  A: The sister is only entitled to her part of the mother's part of the house, not the whole house. If ...
Divorce Papers7/16/2007
  Q: me and my boyfriend want to get married, He needs his divorce papers but he was divorced in Germany. ...
  A: Lynn: he needs to contact the court (Amtsgericht) in the town in which he was divorced. He needs to ...
divorce retirement7/16/2007
  Q: My husband is an American born and raised in Massachusetts. I am also an American born and raised ...
  A: I would advice you to file in Germany if you want to claim half of his state retirement during your ...
German Divorce7/15/2007
  Q: My partner and his wife were married 16 years ago in Germany. He is Mexican and she is Spanish ...
  A: Hone, Your partner is able to divorce his wife in Mexico. I don't know if he is obligated to pay ...
Americans divorcing in Germany7/12/2007
  Q: I am in the military and stationed in Germany for a year and a half. I was married in the states to ...
  A: I would be glad to file for divorce for you in Germany. It normally takes 3 to 6 months to be final ...
child custody --hague convention7/11/2007
  Q: my daughter who is married to an airman at ramstein ab left her husband last may--was forced to ...
  A: I would be glad to help your daughter. I charge $150.00 per hour for my services. You need to ...
Child support7/11/2007
  Q: The father of my child married, had our child, and divorced in PA, USA. The father then moved out ...
  A: I could file for child support for you at the German court if we can find out his address through ...
Child Support7/10/2007
  Q: I worked in Germany for about 2 months 10 years ago, met a girl and had a brief relationship with ...
  A: According to German law you are obligated to pay child support if the child is yours. I could ...
American Soldier divorcing a German National6/28/2007
  Q: I am American soldier who married a German national. I spent 90% of our 2-year marriage in Iraq and ...
  A: Andrew: it would likely be easiest to file in Germany. Since you have been deployed in Iraq for the ...
Divorce6/28/2007
  Q: I am an American soldier, and i am married to a German citizen. What are the stipulations regarding ...
  A: Rick: If you have no children you will likely not have to pay alimony to your wife (unless she is ...
Finding German Divorce Decree6/26/2007
  Q: My new husband was formerly married to a German woman, who lived in the US with him until she left ...
  A: Angii: I would be happy to contact the Justice of the Peace (Standesamt) for you in the city where ...
German?american divorce.6/22/2007
  Q: I have been separated from my German husband for two years. I am an American. Our four year old son ...
  A: If your son is living with you in the US I would advise you to file for divorce and custody and ...
obligation of alimony for how long6/21/2007
  Q: I am a US citizen working in Germany, my wife and daughter are German. I have been married 2 years ...
  A: Dave: thanks for the question and sorry for my delay in answering. After your child turns three your ...
Child support + Fathers Rights6/20/2007
  Q: we have this problem. I am german and my husband is a US Soldier. He was stationed in Germany for 8 ...
  A: Patrizia: Thanks for the questions. Unfortunately your husband is obligated to pay the minimum child ...
German divorce law6/15/2007
  Q: My boyfriend has been separated for more than 3 years from his wife. He intends to file divorce ...
  A: Yes, three years means he's legally separated and she cannot contest the divorce. The length may ...
permanent visa6/14/2007
  Q: My friend lives in germany for the last 5 years, had temporary visas based on marriage but they ...
  A: Vlad: Since she has been in Germany for 5 years already, her chances should be pretty good for being ...
German Heir6/13/2007
  Q: I am a german/american living in the us,and the rest of my family lives in germany.My father died ...
  A: Brigitte: you're entitled to 1/3 of the inheritance. You need a lawyer to help enforce your rights ...
german divource6/10/2007
  Q: i am a us soldier in California, my wife a German national, she left me 4 years ago and i want to ...
  A: Todd: you can file in the US, but child support, visitation, alimony, and custody will need to be ...
The right to pay, but no right to relate.6/9/2007
  Q: I am an Australian citizen by birth who has never lived in Germany. I’ve only ever been there for ...
  A: and I am sorry to hear about your unfortunate situation. The reason you are subject to German law is ...
Visitation/Custody Rights of Unwed Father6/6/2007
  Q: I am an American who must live in Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany because I want to spend a lot of ...
  A: Jeff: you have visitation rights of a minimum of 12 days a year and likely more (especially ...
child custody in stuttgart I really need help6/6/2007
  Q: I am a soldier serving in the U.S Army and I need legal advice, purposes involving the Germany ...
  A: I am very troubled to hear about your situation. Your next move should be to provide the courts with ...
house ownership/divorce6/5/2007
  Q: I have been separated from my German husband since 3/2000. We jointly own a house which he lives in. ...
  A: Martha: Unfortunately a divorce will be required if you wish to force him to buy you out or sell the ...
Maintenance law help6/5/2007
  Q: I am hoping you may be able to help my husband and I in finding a solution to our financial ...
  A: Rose: If any of the 5 children are from your current husband and/or he has adopted any of them, he ...
divorce6/4/2007
  Q: I'm an American and have been married to a German for almost 5 years.I am no longer happy in my ...
  A: Erin: Thanks for the question. You've started here, which is a good place to begin actually, so ...
Divorce Costs6/1/2007
  Q: I am an American, living in Germany. My wife of 13 years and I are almost certainly going to divorce ...
  A: Rob: The division of assets will be 50/50 for anything obtained during the marriage (which, seeing ...
Child support, Alimony5/27/2007
  Q: I am an American soldier stationed in Germany, i have a 9 month baby girl with an African-German ...
  A: Bobby: actually a law was just passed for parents, including parents that are unmarried, that the ...
child support5/10/2007
  Q: my daughter lives with mom in Germany i pay child support, i have no way to contact my daughter i ...
  A: Bert: the best thing to do in order to enforce your visitation rights is to hire a lawyer who can ...
Divorcing a German man5/6/2007
  Q: I am English. I moved to Germany last April and married my husband, a German citizen, in September ...
  A: Angie: Since the home was purchased before you married it wasn't automatically half yours (unless ...
Seeking Divorce5/3/2007
  Q: Mrs. Burgess, I am seeking a divorce from my wife of 1 year. We were married in Denmark, on ...
  A: It is correct that you need to be separated for one year to file for divorce in Germany. You can ...
German Bank Accounts5/3/2007
  Q: "Carolin, Our Mother has passed away in January and had a Bank account in Germany. Both my sister ...
  A: Andrea: It sounds like you're dealing with the infamous German bureaucracy. I wish I could tell you ...
German Law Divorce5/1/2007
  Q: On 29th of July, 2004, I married a German national under German Law. We never registered the ...
  A: Walter: thanks for the question. As you seem to understand, the divorce proceedings will take place ...
military man, pregnant German woman4/30/2007
  Q: My fiancee is in Germany right now in the army. he is going to Afghanistan shortly. a few weeks ago ...
  A: Heather: Thanks for the question, and I am sorry to hear about this unfortunate set of circumstances ...
German liability inheritance4/30/2007
  Q: My parents and I have lived in Canada since 1953 and have been Canadian citizens since 1969. My ...
  A: Fred: you will need to refuse the inheritance within two months of being informed of your Uncle's ...
Closing a German Bank Account from the US4/28/2007
  Q: Carolin, Our Mother has passed away in January and had a Bank account in Germany. Both my sister ...
  A: I am sorry that you have so much trouble with the German bank. Unfortunately that is pretty common. ...
child support/visitation4/25/2007
  Q: A German national works here in the US but because of inadequate job opportunities has gotten behind ...
  A: Mary: your best bet is to have the child support calculation adjusted based on his current lower ...
foreign blood sample request4/25/2007
  Q: In a paternity case, a German court requests, via the Hague Conventions, a blood sample to be taken ...
  A: I will need to do some research to determine what, if anything, can be done here. Sorry for the ...
Inheritane from a Deceased Husband4/24/2007
  Q: My friend lives here in the US and her husband just died in Germany. How is she going to work on ...
  A: Actually, my firm, German Legal Services, specializes in just such cases. I would organize ...
payment dispute4/21/2007
  Q: In early 2005, while stationed in Germany, I rented a car for a trip to Paris. On the way home my ...
  A: The company could sue you and ask that you pay for the court costs -- but this is assuming that you ...
Child support and Visitation4/10/2007
  Q: This is regarding my husband. He met a German citizen while stationed in the military, they had a ...
  A: Jennifer: Thanks for the question. It does indeed sound like your husband's paying too much. How ...
Closing a German Bank Acct from the U.S.4/9/2007
  Q: Since our mother passed away in Mar 2006 (father also deceased; both U.S. citizens), my sister & I ...
  A: Monica: your best bet would be to get an Erbschein (certificate of inheritance) either here or in ...
Child Custody/Child Abduction4/7/2007
  Q: My daugher who is now 2 years old was born in Germany and her dad's German citizenship was still ...
  A: you can file for divorce either in Canada or in Germany and thus exert your rights as far as custody ...
Can I file divorce in the USA?4/4/2007
  Q: I am a US citizen working in Germany and am married to a German for 2.5 years with a 27 month year ...
  A: Herzig: you will need to get a divorce decree here in the US, get the decree translated and ...
divorce w/children move back to germany4/4/2007
  Q: I am a german citizen I have a 6 year old son who is from my previous marriage he was born in ...
  A: you need to obtain a custody decision here if your husband doesn't agree to grant you custody. If ...
German Estate/Debt4/3/2007
  Q: My mother was born in Germany but has lived in the US for 30 years and is a naturalized American ...
  A: if an inheritance consists only of debt, the inheritor can refuse to be considered an inheritor. But ...
Eligible for entire retirement4/3/2007
  Q: I have been seperated for almost 2 years. Not long ago German court awarded my wife approximately ...
  A: Your ex-wife is entitled to 50% of your total retirement assets. However, since your retirement is ...
american ex stayed in german and dropped out of site to avoid child support3/29/2007
  Q: I am a U.S.citizen and so was my ex. We got divorced and he was paying child support by court order ...
  A: Pamela: yes, your ex will have to be registered somewhere in Germany and it should be fairly ...
Inheritance Question3/29/2007
  Q: My father passed away in Germany 25 years ago but I never heard anything about a will, etc. I live ...
  A: Margot: Thanks for the question. There is a 3 year statute of limitations on claiming a Pflichtteil. ...
child support and citizienship3/28/2007
  Q: I am an American citizen living in Kansas. My ex-wife lives in Germany and is a German nationalist. ...
  A: Clint: You are entitled to see your son for an absolute minimum of 12 days per year, so you are ...
East German Property Claims/Inheritance3/25/2007
  Q: In September, 2006, my sister, brother and I were contacted by an inheritance investigation firm ...
  A: If you are not certain about how to handle the process and/or where exactly the property is located ...
divorce3/23/2007
  Q: I was in the military, stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany I met Marcus, who was also in the military ...
  A: You can definitely get child support for your son, but I think you'll need to file here in America. ...
Divorce in Germany3/22/2007
  Q: I am a U.S. Citizen residing in Germany, and going through a divorce right now that my wife ...
  A: I fear there's no way to obtain the decree by the date you're set to return to the US. However, it ...
legal help3/21/2007
  Q: my husbands ex girl friend claims her child to be his son, which we doubt for many reasons. she has ...
  A: 1. A newly passed law says that the father must pay the mother support as well for the first three ...
Child Custody3/12/2007
  Q: My question is a bit complicated. My wife and I are both American and we met in Germany. I had ...
  A: It might be possible to initiate divorce proceedings in Germany after you have moved there, but the ...
US-German-Group?3/8/2007
  Q: Do you offer something like a group to correspond and exchange US-German custody and visitation ...
  A: Silvia: Thanks for the question. Unfortunately I do not offer such a forum as I don't have the ...
paternity2/27/2007
  Q: My husband lived in Germany 18 years ago before he moved to the US. Few days ago his very ill ...
  A: Your husband would need to know the name of the child and/or the mother to find out whether the ...
German Divorce2/26/2007
  Q: I understand that to get a divorce in Germany a couple must be separated for at least 1 year. Is ...
  A: Thomas: Unless both parties agree to a divorce there must be a separation period of 1 year. Your ...
divorce2/23/2007
  Q: 3 YEARS AGO I MARRIED TO A GERMAN GIRL AND NOW WE WANT DIVORCE. SHE ALREADY HAS HER APPARMENT AND ...
  A: You can do one of two things. One, you can wait till you get back to the States and file here, but ...
German Inheritance Law2/22/2007
  Q: Can you explain the I,II,& III types of Inheritance Law please.
  A: Norman: Here's a short breakdown: Class I concerns inheritances of spouses, children, and ...
contesting wills2/16/2007
  Q: Is there a possibility of contesting a will that has been probated last year of 2006, or finding out ...
  A: Joan: if you are related to the decedent or named in the will you should have a right to see, and ...
German/ US Inheritance Law2/12/2007
  Q: Under German Law for inheritance and gifts, there are three categories/classes into which ...
  A: Richard: I'm sorry you were less than satisfied with my answer. Your wife definitely falls under ...
Spouse Support1/29/2007
  Q: My wife (who is German) suffered a traumatic brain injury about four years ago. Since this time, our ...
  A: David: I'm sorry you were not very satisfied with my previous answer, but German law is very ...
is it possible to get sole custody?1/25/2007
  Q: I am married to a German (I am from Canada) and understand taht according to German law me and my ...
  A: German courts would generally grant you Aufenthaltsbestimmungsrecht (the right to determine your ...
Divorce in Germany when the spouse is foregner1/10/2007
  Q: I have a friend that is Thai and married to a German male. She is being told by her husband that if ...
  A: Zerian: your friend is eligible for child support under German law. Since she has no income her ...
child custody-American/German contract1/9/2007
  Q: My sister had a baby w/ her German boyfriend. He was born in the US and then they returned to ...
  A: Heidi: unfortunately it is more or less impossible to have a father sign off his custody rights with ...
child support1/9/2007
  Q: I have been divorced from a german national. our daughter is turning 18 in MAY. I am a american ...
  A: Billy: if your daughter lives in the US then you are no longer obligated to pay (though I'm not ...
German labour laws1/5/2007
  Q: I have discussed this with my immediate superior and national manager for the last 6 months but ...
  A: Anthonia: I would suggest at this point that you let a lawyer talk to your superiors. Many German ...
Inheritance1/4/2007
  Q: My wife is German and has had no contact with her biological father. Her mother received a small ...
  A: Chris: As the biological daughter (which may eventually need to be proven through a paternity or ...
divorcing a German man1/3/2007
  Q: In May 2004 I married a man of German nationality. Immediately after the wedding he stopped ...
  A: Graf, According to German law you are only obligated to support your husband until he is able to ...
Child Custody1/2/2007
  Q: I am an American living in Missouri and have two children who are 8 and 11 that live with their ...
  A: I would be glad to organize custody for you at the German court. I have a similar case the father ...
child support american working for a foreign country1/2/2007
  Q: My ex husband has gone back to Germany to work for Lawson Consulting Group.It is located at 64832 ...
  A: Amanda: I'm sorry that you found my previous answer too vague. The agreement regarding international ...
Visitation rights for father1/1/2007
  Q: My sister-in-law is involved with a man from Germany who claims he is not allowed to see his 3 year ...
  A: According to German law he is allowed to visitt his daughter for at least 12 days per year. He has ...
I am a US citizen, married to a German woman1/1/2007
  Q: Carolin, what are my rights in a divorce... since my wife left me and went back to Germany? I have ...
  A: You can get divorced here in the US if you get the papers translated and served to your wife by the ...
german/american divorce12/31/2006
  Q: My name is Madeleine and I am a German citizen who lives in the US. I met my Husband 7 years ago in ...
  A: You are allowed to move to Germany with your children if you have sole custody. But the father is ...
Children Inheriting the debt of a parent12/18/2006
  Q: I am writing on behalf of my German girlfriend who today found out that she is liable to repay a ...
  A: I would advise her to get legal representation. She can claim that she was not aware of the ...
Alimony and child support issues12/16/2006
  Q: My son is separated from his German wife. They were married in Germany and have a 4 year old son. To ...
  A: The child support amount depends on your son's monthly net income. For a four year old he has to pay ...
remarriage following German divorce12/5/2006
  Q: I'm an attorney in Georgia with a quick long-shotIs there any German law setting a minimum ...
  A: Greenfield, Your client has to wait one month after the divorce decree got send out to the parties ...
Inheritance Certificate needed12/1/2006
  Q: My mother passed away last November 2005. I received a letter in August. 2006 from a bank in ...
  A: I would be glad to organize the Certificate of inheritance "Erbschein" for you. You have to apply ...
Child custody12/1/2006
  Q: My husband is in the military staitoned in Kaiserslautern. On 1 Oct. I and our two kids moved out. ...
  A: you wold receive sole custody and supervised visitation at the German court if your husband has ...
german estate11/30/2006
  Q: we are in Canada, so I don.t know if you can help us, Today we received a copy of my husband's ...
  A: Tschauner, you will need to get a Certificate of inheritance from the German court or the German ...
Visitation rights11/29/2006
  Q: My husband was previously married to a German citizen who is the mother of his 11 year old child. ...
  A: I see you might not have read or received my answer to your question, so I am resending now. Feel ...
german inheritance law11/26/2006
  Q: My father recently died. He had a will made out in which he leaves his estate to my step-mother. ...
  A: Beyer, you would be entitled to the Pflichtteil after your father dies. This would be 1/8 of the ...
Child custody11/23/2006
  Q: My brothers immediate family is located in Olphe Germany. MY brothers wife is sick and has been ...
  A: it would be easier to obtain custody for your brother during the divorce case. Otherwise We will ...
Divorce11/14/2006
  Q: thx for yr quick response, but i hv got a slow reply fm my official husband. He just told me he ...
  A: I would be glad to represent your divorce case with my partner in Germany (she is a licensed lawyer ...
Claiming Property in Germany11/14/2006
  Q: I would like to find a German laywer in the Los Angeles California, Area my wife is a german citzen ...
  A: I am not able to recommend a German lawyer in Los Angeles. But I would be glad to help you claim ...
spousal support11/13/2006
  Q: My Swedish partner was married to a German woman for 3.5 years before they separated and filed for ...
  A: The mother is obligated to work part time when both children are 7 years old or older. Afterwards ...
Germany/child custody11/9/2006
  Q: 1)have a friend in Kassel Germany, whose wife is asking him to pay for an apartment so she can move ...
  A: It might influence the custody decision if his wife moves out with the kids. But it is mainly ...
Visitation + support11/5/2006
  Q: My husband (American + active duty soldier) has a child which is almost 6 years old. Both child and ...
  A: Your husband is obligated to pay 48.00 Euro more per month for child support for a six year old. ...
German divorce law -Timescales and grounds11/3/2006
  Q: however you do not say roughly how much the divorce would cost . Also could a solicitor in the ...
  A: a divorce in Germany costs about $1600.00. It can be cheaper in the US but you need to get the ...
divorce and child custoday under german law10/31/2006
  Q: i have recently found out- and have proof that she has been having an affair, neglecting the ...
  A: You are obligated to pay alimony as long your wife is taking care of children under the age of ...
Timeline for Divorce (German system)10/30/2006
  Q: Carolin, I have retained a lawyer and filed for divorce from my husband in February of this year. ...
  A: It takes normally about one year to get the divorce finalized in Germany. It normally does not ...
Child Visitation/Custody10/28/2006
  Q: While stationed as a US Soldier in Germany from 1987-1991 I met and later married a German National ...
  A: You could file for visitation rights at the German court. Even so the mother has full custody you ...
divorce10/28/2006
  Q: This is in regard to my daughter. She is a German /American citizen living currently in the USA. She ...
  A: Your daughter can go back to Germany to visit you with the baby. And I would be glad to organize a ...
divorce law10/18/2006
  Q: for american military personnel living in germany on an american military installation, which laws ...
  A: You can get divorced in a German court in the town you are living. You might be able to get ...
ifa divorce is vaild between two american citizen in a german court of law?10/16/2006
  Q: would it be a valid divorce if my husband gets a divorce in germany when we are both american ...
  A: Yes, your husband can file for divorce in Germany. In order for you to not have to sign any papers, ...
Foreign Divorce10/11/2006
  Q: My soon to be ex wants a divorce, she found a soldier man and dumped me. She has my daughter with ...
  A: You will need to pay child support according to German and American law. But you will pay more in ...
Child support10/11/2006
  Q: I have recently been divorced from my Wife. In court I agreed to pay my wife 40000 euros in a one ...
  A: The Jugendamt has to take the loans and your payments to your other son in account. I would be glad ...
American/German Divorce10/10/2006
  Q: My boyfriend is an American and has a wife and 3 children living in Germany. He returned to the ...
  A: I would estimate the costs for the divorce ca. 2000.00 Euro. But the German government will pay the ...
Inheritance Taxes & Wll10/9/2006
  Q: My father passed away 2006 in germany, I live in the USA. He had a will made in the USA in 1988 by ...
  A: according to German law your are entitled to 1/4 of the inheritance and your brother is too. But you ...
German husband abandons Aussie wife10/1/2006
  Q: I am married to a German national (for 9 years) and we have lived in Australia for the last 8 years. ...
  A: If your husband moved back to Germany and you know his address I will be glad to file for you at ...
jugenamt10/1/2006
  Q: you spoke with my father and I some months ago. My wife was a German national and i was armed ...
  A: you would need to file for custody at court. And the court will get the ISS involved to find out if ...
Stopping Child Support9/30/2006
  Q: What age does child support stop for german kids. The parent paying child support is american ...
  A: child support can stop when the child turns 18 years old if the child is able to support himself ...
Asset Division under US-DE German divorce9/26/2006
  Q: My wife and i are getting divorced, and nearing the end of our year separation. We were married in ...
  A: You will only receive a part of the inheritance if you are mentioned in the will. You might be ...
father right9/19/2006
  Q: I am indian man who entered germany on political asylum IN 1995. Rightnow i am living in italy with ...
  A: You are allowed to visit your son or your son is allowed to visit you for five to six weeks per ...
inheritance9/13/2006
  Q: I lived in Munich from 1969(age9) until 1985 when I moved to Canada. In germany I lived with my ...
  A: If they don't have a will your mother will get 1/3 and you stepbrother will get 2/3 of the house (or ...
inheritance and immigration9/3/2006
  Q: My mother is German and is now living in Frankfurt. My parents were divorced when I was 2. I ...
  A: Yes you are entitled to a part of the inheritance (so called Pflichtteil) even if the will says ...
divorce8/30/2006
  Q: My husband went back to the states.We lived the last 14 years in Germany. Our Girls stayed here with ...
  A: You would get more child support if you would file in the US; but Germany is more generous with ...
Divorce for naturalized Germans8/28/2006
  Q: My daughter, born in the US married a naturalized German, he was born in Romania. They have been ...
  A: I would need more information to answer your questions. It might be that she is not able to get ...
Divorcing a non German8/26/2006
  Q: I would like to know what rights I would have if I divorced my non German spouse in Germany. We are ...
  A: According to German you will only get an independent visa after 5 years of marriage to a German ...
Alimony/Child Support8/23/2006
  Q: I have been divorced for almost 2 years, my ex is German. The divorce was done here in Germany and I ...
  A: The German courts are normally not able to do a Versorgungsausgleich (division of assets) as part ...
Childrens inheritance rights in germany8/20/2006
  Q: Im a german citizen living in the usa, my father also is a german citizen died May 06 in germany . ...
  A: The will from 1988 will be valid in Germany if it was valid in the US. You and your brother are at ...
international child support8/17/2006
  Q: Hell I am currently seeking help in a child support case that is unfair! I am a us citizen that ...
  A: You are obligated to pay child support. You have the right to see your daughter for at least twelfe ...
spousal support8/16/2006
  Q: Carolin, I am a US Soldier stationed in Germany. I have been married to a German national for 4 ...
  A: I would need to get more information about your net income, do you have children or why is your wife ...
Child Custody8/15/2006
  Q: I have a German freind who was married to an American. They are sepperated and he went back to the ...
  A: According to German law your friend has joint custody with the father of the child. But she would ...
inheritence8/10/2006
  Q: my mother, who is from germany recently got an inheritence from her father. She lives in a small ...
  A: Lisa: You can fax them to me if you like. I will have a look and advise you how to proceed. Usually ...
Residence permit and child borne in Germany8/10/2006
  Q: I found this web address by mistake but I was immediately impressed. I’m living in Germany since ...
  A: I know it is hard to deal with the German authorities. Never the less I don't know if your daugther ...
Any German lawyers in Hong Kong?8/10/2006
  Q: My husband is German. I am from Asia. We currently live in Hong Kong and plan to apply for divorce. ...
  A: I don't know a German lawyer in Hong Kong. But I would be glad to organize a divorce for you in ...
parental authority8/8/2006
  Q: i have a 3 month old son, with a german girl, i have provided financially to her for 9 months before ...
  A: You have to sign papers from the Jugendamt that give you joint custody not ony the ...
german american divorce8/8/2006
  Q: Mrs Schulz-Burges, i have been in iraq for nearly one year now and i have been told by my spouse of ...
  A: You are right the German courts don't get information from the US army about your military ...
inheritance8/7/2006
  Q: once all heirs are found and notified how long would it take the german courts to settle a will ?
  A: It normally takes a couple of months to fill out the forms for the court to get an Erbschein ( the ...
father's right to child in foster care8/5/2006
  Q: My husband was married when he was stationed in germany 16 years ago. They lived in the states ...
  A: I agree the situation is not necesarry in the best intrest of the child. But according to German law ...
Inheritance8/4/2006
  Q: Can you please help me? I was born in Germany in 1941. I had a brother 5 years older than me. My ...
  A: At this point you could only claim something if there was no will. Normally without a will the ...
Foreigners Separation in Germany8/4/2006
  Q: My wife and I moved to Germany from France four years ago, and now have a three year old son born ...
  A: You should file for divorce in Germany because only the German court will be responsible for the ...
Speedy divorce, out of country, alimony7/23/2006
  Q: 1. A German is having an extramarital affair. He wants to divorce his wife. Does he need to wait a ...
  A: 1.Yes he normally need to be seperated for one year before he can file for divorce in Germany. 2. ...
Pflichtteil7/22/2006
  Q: My father has died after my mother leaving the family home to our only brother.Can you please advise ...
  A: According to German Law you are entitled to a minimum of 1/10 (Pflichtteil) of the estate. You can ...
Divorce7/20/2006
  Q: Please mail me information on getting a divorced in Germany. I am American my wife is German. We ...
  A: Ryan: If you and your wife agree to the divorce, you can claim that you have been separated already ...
Inheritance Law7/20/2006
  Q: My father lived for decades in Germany and died recently. He left no will. He was married to my ...
  A: Mr. Smith: Thanks for the question. In matters where there is no will, the surviving spouse receives ...
Child Support for child in Germany7/17/2006
  Q: My husband is 40 years old and joined the U.S. Army out of high school (1984) and served in Germany ...
  A: I would be glad to help you in this matter. I would like to see the letter you received from the ...
child support7/17/2006
  Q: I meet a girl while serving in Germany, she had twins after I returned to the US. She now (after ...
  A: Brian, according to German law you are obligated to pay child support if there is DNA proof that ...
Germany Laws on Divorces7/12/2006
  Q: My boyfriend and I are wanting to get married but the only problem is that he is still married to a ...
  A: Your boyfried doesn't need to go over there if he is represented by a lawyer. I would be glad to ...
Father's Visitation Rights7/10/2006
  Q: My son is an American Soldier who has fathered a child with a German woman. Although he pays child ...
  A: Your son is allowed to have the child visit him for at least six weeks during a year. I would be ...
Divorce from a German7/9/2006
  Q: I have been married for 8 years and have two daughters,age 8 and 4. I am a Servicemember and she is ...
  A: The alimony payments depend on your net-income. She is allowed to get half of the property you ...
How to finalize his divorce?7/7/2006
  Q: I am a US citizen and I am deeply involved with a man from Germany. When I met him he was separated ...
  A: They need to be seperated for a year to file for divorce. The divorce process normally takes 6 ...
Alimony7/7/2006
  Q: when does alimony start?
  A: According to German law you are obligated to pay alimony if your wife is not able to earn enough ...
Re: Inheritance Law7/3/2006
  Q: Good afternoon, I received a response stating that the question that I asked had been answered ...
  A: I am sorry that the answer didn't reach you. According to German law the estate has to be divided ...
Divorce and foreigners' rights in Germany6/30/2006
  Q: Hallo, I am an Indian woman, married to a German man for 4 years, we are -presently on the verge of ...
  A: You get a visa indepently from your husband after you lived 5 years in Germany and are able to ...
Child support age6/25/2006
  Q: What is the age a person is required to pay child support in Germany? I'm a X US military guy with ...
  A: Larson: It depends on your daughter's specific situation. If she is doing an apprenticeship or ...
Child support6/21/2006
  Q: I have a 9 year old son who holds dual citizenship (German/American). I was never married to his ...
  A: Jim: Thank for the question. In order to answer your question fully I would need to see a copy of ...
Biological father's rights in Germany6/21/2006
  Q: A very good friend of mine (german who lives in Friburg)will be father in 4 months aprox. The ...
  A: according to German law your friend is allowed to see his baby on a regular basis. Normally he ...
father's bank account after death6/20/2006
  Q: my father passed away last month, rent where we lived is due. i know that he has the money in his ...
  A: Ted, I assume that your father lived in Germany. If so, you will need to get a document from the ...
child custody6/20/2006
  Q: My Name is Nathaniel Rumph, I've never done anything like this so i dont know where to start. I was ...
  A: according to German law the mother of your child has sole custody if you didn't yet apply for joint ...
Fremdrechtserbschein5/31/2006
  Q: My father, born in Germany, passed away last year as a US citizen. There is a property outside of ...
  A: Your sister needs to get an Erbschein from the court in Berlin. I would be glad to organize ...
child custody5/27/2006
  Q: I met a German women while I was in the Army in Germany but I am no longer in the Army. We have had ...
  A: according to German law the mother is not allowed to keep the children without your permission in ...
Inheritance Tax5/22/2006
  Q: I am an American citizen, currently living in Germany. My father (also an American citizen, who ...
  A: in your case the international contract could apply that tries to prevent douple taxation from two ...
Want to leave my American husband, but not without my daughter5/4/2006
  Q: I'm asking here in the name of my friend. She is married with an American. They are resided in the ...
  A: Your your friend needs a custody decision before she can leave the US permanently with her daughter. ...
German Inheritance/Gift Law5/3/2006
  Q: I have a question regarding German Inheritance/Gift Law. An individual living in America owns stock ...
  A: German law applies for the stocks if they were given away as a gift as well as for the inheritance ...
divorce in german law4/28/2006
  Q: my fiance is an american soldier stationed in germany. he is married to a german. can you advice me ...
  A: your fiance needs to be separated from his wife for (normally) one year before he can file for ...
German Divorce Process4/27/2006
  Q: I have 3 questions for you.... 1) How long does the divorce process take after the one year ...
  A: The divorce process normally takes from 6 months up to one year at a German court. In certain cases ...
inheritance4/17/2006
  Q: I am a german citizen but I am a permanent resident living in Florida for over 20 years. I was born ...
  A: according to German law your father's wife is entitled to 1/4 of the inheritance and the rest is ...
child support4/10/2006
  Q: I have been divorced from my X wife for almost 16 years ,We had 2 daughters from our marriage ages ...
  A: You don't owe your ex-wife or the German government child support payments if the children live with ...
German Child custody4/9/2006
  Q: is it possible i could pay you for legal services with my son in germany. Please let me know if ...
  A: I would be glad to help you in this matters but I would need to get more information. How old is ...
child support4/5/2006
  Q: IM A FATHER LIVING IN THE USA AND MY KIDS ARE IN GERMANY.MY EX-WIFE AND I ARE NOT ON GOOD TERMS, IM ...
  A: you have to pay child support according to the "Düsseldorfer Tabelle". I would be glad to calculate ...
child support agreement us/ Germany3/28/2006
  Q: During a new years party I met an American man (I'm German. As it ends up I'm pregant and know ...
  A: the father is obligated to take a dna test and to pay child support . I would be glad to help you ...
German/Canadian child custody question3/28/2006
  Q: I am a Canadian citizen, my husband is German and we live in Germany. My 2 year old daughter has ...
  A: according to German law you and your husband have joint custody. In order to move to Canada with ...
Child support overseas3/27/2006
  Q: Schulz-Burgess, I am in need of information regarding my obligation to pay child support overseas to ...
  A: I can understand that the situation is not easy for you. But according to German law you are ...
German Child custody3/26/2006
  Q: I am an American who is the father of a little boy in Hamburg, Germany. I live in New York City and ...
  A: according to German law you have the right to spend half of your son's school vaction time with him. ...
remarriage of ex with custody of our child3/22/2006
  Q: My ex-wife is a German national, I am American. She recently got remarried to a Morrocan national ...
  A: I would need to do some research to give you a certain answer. She might be able to prove that she ...
illegitimate child inheritance rights3/21/2006
  Q: My mother and I came to United States when I was 2. She was 19 years old when I was born. My ...
  A: according to German law you and your half sister are entitled to 3/4 of the inheritance and his ...
Child custody in Germany (grandparents rights)3/18/2006
  Q: Schulz-Burgess, I am a U.S. mother of an only child who is currently in the military and stationed ...
  A: if the mother doesn't allow you to see the child you can file for visitation rights at court. The ...
German Child Support & Paternity3/10/2006
  Q: Here's the run down: I am a former US Soldier who met a girl while stationed in Germany. We were ...
  A: According to German law you are obligated to take a paternity test and only owe child support if you ...
division of inheritance3/1/2006
  Q: Schulz-Burgess, my mother lives in Germany, was married for a German national for past 18 years. She ...
  A: according to German law your mother will receive 1/4 of the estate and his daugther will receive ...
Married service member to local German2/20/2006
  Q: Ma'am, Good afternoon, hope all is well. I've been married, it will be 13 years this April 15th, ...
  A: According to German law you have to be seperated for 1 year before you can file for divorce ...
German Divorce: Dividing Assets1/12/2006
  Q: I have looked over some of the questions and answers on this website regarding divorce, asset ...
  A: the German courts are normally more generous to the wife than the American ones are. But I think ...
child custody for german kids in us1/7/2006
  Q: I pray that you can help us and lead us in the right direction. My husband and I have been going ...
  A: In your case I would suggest that I can contact your ex-wife to find out if she received sole ...
Inheritance question1/6/2006
  Q: I am a German citizen with permanent residency in the US (Greencard) and am married to a US citizen. ...
  A: in general US law applies for your property in the US and German law for the property in Germany. ...
Immigrant father german mother custody1/2/2006
  Q: My friend is an African national with conditional German permanent residency who wants to ask his ...
  A: /Ms., the courts now normally tend to keep shared custody for the parents after a divorce. I think ...
will12/27/2005
  Q: I would like to know what my rights are regarding my fathers estate in germany.My father left my ...
  A: according to German law you and his other daughter are each entitled to half of your father's ...
Custody of Child12/19/2005
  Q: I have been married just over 2 years to a German man who works here in the U.S. I have filed for ...
  A: Debra: I had thought I had answered this question but apparently my reply never reached you. Sorry ...
German Inheritance Law protection for children12/16/2005
  Q: I am the friend of a Thai lady who was widowed suddenly last year in Germany. She and her German ...
  A: Jem: You are correct that the children and your Thai friend are entitled to their Pflichtteil. In ...
Child custody12/15/2005
  Q: I am currently an American living in Germany. A year and a half ago I met my fiance who happens to ...
  A: your fiance needs to get a custody dicision from the court that allows her to determine her ...
Paternity establishment, visitation and support12/6/2005
  Q: I have a 13 year old daughter living in Berlin Germany that was born in the US out of wedlock. I am ...
  A: I would be glad to help you to obtain visitation rights. I would first contact the family on your ...
German law and Alimony11/13/2005
  Q: I have a friend in Germany, he and his wife have been divorced for 13 yrs. He has been paying child ...
  A: according to the information you gave me so far I would guess that your friend's wife is probably ...
divorce law in Germany11/6/2005
  Q: I am a woman from Asian country which I have known a German guy for nearly 3 years..but we only met ...
  A: In the case of an affair (as in your case), he need not separate for the normal 1 year period before ...
divorce - spousal support11/5/2005
  Q: A lady in Germany wants to divorce her husband after a long marriage (both german citizens). She ...
  A: She is only entitled to get spousal support if she has children under the age of 12 or plans to ...
divorce law10/13/2005
  Q: i am Lar Say from myanmar and my husband is from germany. we been married for 2 years and 3 months ...
  A: according to German law your husband is only obligated to support you until you are able to find a ...
german divorce/ child support/alimony9/29/2005
  Q: My husband is German and I am American. We are recently separated and have a 1 year old son. If we ...
  A: Fluegge: Thanks for the question. Sorry for the delay in my reply. Based on the fact that you lived ...
inheritance9/12/2005
  Q: My father ,Indian by birth but now German citizen staying in Germany. He divorced my mother 40years ...
  A: Rajeev Patil, according to German law the children of your father are entitled to 3/4 of the ...
German Working Law9/2/2005
  Q: I am changing jobs as of October 1, after working 4 years full time. My annual holiday is 30 days ...
  A: your employer is correct. According to the Bundesurlaubsgesetz you are owed at least 24 days ...
German Child Custody8/19/2005
  Q: I am an Amercian who is the father of a beautiful little girl. The daughter was born in Germany and ...
  A: Cashman, German courts normally allow the parent, who lives in the US, to bring a child, that is ...
Inheritance for a child born outside of marriage7/21/2005
  Q: Good day, I would appreciate if you could answer thisMy father, a german citizen, had me while not ...
  A: according to German law you have the same right to your father's inheritance as his other children ...
German Inheritance Law6/7/2005
  Q: My Great Aunt was a citizen of Germany for 98 years. She died on Sept. 6, 2001. In her will she ...
  A: DeRosa: Thanks for the question. The only testament that counts in this case should be your great ...
German child custody law5/24/2005
  Q: I just need a few tips about how to sort out a sticky situation. Due to a completely complicated ...
  A: I can understand that you are worried about the situation. Unfortunately your husband can legally ...
inheritance4/15/2005
  Q: My uncle died Jan. 1. He was a german and his will left my mother as his heir and if she preceded ...
  A: Foster. Thanks for the question. I apologize for being late with my answer, but I have been sick. ...
child custody in Germany2/20/2005
  Q: Schulz-Burgess, I am so glad that I found your site. I hope that you can help me. I am ...
  A: Because you were issued joint custody for your seven year old son I think your chances are pretty ...
Ehegattenunterhalt1/24/2005
  Q: I separated from my wife in 1999 and on the 13th September 2001 we were divorced in the German ...
  A: Yes, I think pursuing a new settlement would be in your interest at this time. The fact that your ...
divorce law and custody1/17/2005
  Q: I heard that if I sign into a Dutch council, after 6 months I have the right to file the divorce in ...
  A: Monique: I apologize for the lateness of this mail. I responded a week or so ago and apparently my ...
Child Custody11/24/2004
  Q: My girlfriend lives in Germany and recently gave birth to a child from a previous relationship.We ...
  A: Cambianica: the situation, as you have described it, allows her to relocate, as an unwed mother ...
German Family Law10/16/2004
  Q: Catagory: German Family Law ------------------------------------------------ Mr. K is korean with ...
  A: This is a difficult question to answer. At present this doesn't seem to be a real legal problem but ...
Where can I find information regarding the line of succession for inheritance of German property when the deceased died intestate?8/30/2004
  Q: My mother-in-law recently lost a niece in Germany. She is the closest 'blood' relative. Where can ...
  A: This is a complex question. Generally the laws regarding inheritances depend on whether a will ...
german wills8/20/2004
  Q: im trying to find out the laws in germany regarding wills . my mother had me sign a document in ...
  A: German Estate Law declares that in the absence of a will, the estate will be divided among the ...
Writing a will in Germany7/22/2004
  Q: 1. I have been told that according to German law a Will must be HAND-WRITTEN by the individual and ...
  A: Yes, according to German law a will must exist in hand-written form, in addition to being ...
divorce in german5/5/2004
  Q: I would like to know what and how much i have to pay my children ,and do i have to pay my wife how ...
  A: This is really too little information to go on if you want me to give you an accurate answer. ...
Inheritance maters.4/18/2004
  Q: My wife is born to a man (Riener) who passed away in Australia 5 years ago. He was surrvived by his ...
  A: Greg: Thanks for the question. To get to the heart of youryes, your wife as direct decendant has a ...
can my husband inherit from german law4/16/2004
  Q: My husbands grandmother (both german citizens) died. In an anmendment to the will she states that ...
  A: Serena: As there is a generation between your husband and his grandmother (i.e. your husband's ...
General inheritance3/30/2004
  Q: I just recieved word that my Grandmother has passed. My father (her son) passed away 10 years ...
  A: If you are directly mentioned in the testament, neither your name nor your rights can simply be ...
term letter of quarantees2/24/2004
  Q: I am a lawyer and a phd student from Turkey, Istanbul. As for a research I would like to ask you a ...
  A: Generally such expressions are legal valid in Germany, but I would have to see the precise context ...
Marriage9/15/2003
  Q: In germany is it essential to have the father named on the birth certificate of the groom in order ...
  A: McPherson, the identity of the father of the groom is generally required for the paperwork you have ...

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

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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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