Family benefits

Family benefits are legal rights and financial assistance for families provided by the state. For example, families receive a child or parental allowance. If you earn very little, you can also receive a child income supplement

When parents first have a child, they have a right to parental leave. That means that they do not go to work but instead look after their baby. During this time, they receive no salary (but may receive a parental allowance called Elterngeld or ElterngeldPlus), but they do have a right to return to their old job after their parental leave.