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Offending parents : the state gets back the advance hardly

The state creates, it is still rare, the paid advance payment of maintenance for children of lone of the defaulting parents on a pull back. As the family Ministry confirmed on Monday that dropped the return rate in the past year, from 19 to only 13 percent. Therefore, approximately 2.1 billion euros were paid out in the year 2018 to advance, but only about 270 million collected. First, the "Süddeutsche Zeitung had reported" about it. Minister for the family, Franziska Giffey (SPD) said that the countries must be respected again this year, "a lot stronger".

Single mothers and fathers in the state do not receive help, if the other parent fails to meet his maintenance obligations. The money is to be brought to but of the defaulting payers - in practice, mostly the fathers - and back again.

As a reason for the lower return rate, the Ministry refers to a change in the law of 2017: A claim to advance, it was previously only for children up to 12 years of age and only a maximum of 72 months. Now the money is flowing up to the age of 18. Birthday, and without a time limit. The number of children benefiting from the advance, rose from 410,000 to more than 780,000.

"In the past year have had the youth offices everywhere in Germany, to do solid with this huge increase in case numbers, have handled it," said Giffey. The ratio was therefore "so much the focus, as in the other years." This must change now, because the case numbers more stable.

The Green-budget politician Ekin Deligöz, called for counter-measures by Giffey: It is not a trivial offence, but to many millions for the state and the observance of children's rights, said Deligöz of the "süddeutsche Zeitung". The Left-the Deputy Katrin Werner called for more staff for the youth welfare offices.

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Giffeys speaker, it is with the länder and the municipalities in the tight exchanges. At the same time, he acknowledged that a return rate of 100 percent was achievable. Some parents were not financially actually be able to their maintenance obligations. Also, Giffey stressed that it was important to distinguish between insolvent parents and paying parents. (dpa)

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