Elterngeld - maternity allowance, i.e. a financial payment for a newborn child
German parental allowance Elterngeld is paid to young parents immediately after the birth of their child. This benefit is paid for 12 months up to a maximum of 36 months pro rata. The money is paid to the parent who devotes himself or herself to bringing up the child and gives up paid work for the time being.
The amount of Elterngeld depends on the amount of income lost due to inability to work.
ADDITIONALLY! It is possible to apply for 50% of the benefit for 2 years of the child’s life.
ADDITIONAL! It is possible to claim two extra months of benefit for the other parent. If both parents decide not to work but to take care of the child they can apply for Partnermonate.
A person who has not worked in Germany can receive maternity benefit Elterngeld if the other parent works in Germany. However all benefits from Poland will be deducted (e.g. 500+, kosiniakowe).
The problem with the payment of benefits concerns more often the Polish side. For example if the husband works in Germany and the wife lives in Poland the Polish office will try to establish the right to Elterngeld in Germany. Unfortunately, cooperation between Polish and German offices in this respect is not exemplary and it may happen that the application for benefit in Poland will be rejected due to lack of information.
If you are in a similar situation, please contact us and we will advise you which solution is the most profitable and easiest from the point of view of formalities.
If, in addition to a newborn child, there are also small children in your household, you can apply for a Geschwisterbonus supplement.
Parents fulfil the criteria:
Apply no earlier than on the day of the birth of your child and no later than within 3 months after that. The Elterngeld can only be paid retroactively for 3 months.