Child maintenance / child support

Child maintenance / child support

Both parents are responsible to provide for underage children. The parent who is granted custody is legally bound to care for and educate the children. The other parent is obliged to pay a monthly maintenance, if he or she can afford it. Children who are of age are only entitled to child maintenance if they can’t be expected to provide for themselves, i.e. if they are still at school, in vocational training or at university.

It is a sad fact that many parents fail to pay their share of child maintenance. In these cases, the other parent depends on social services advancing the child maintenance. If the court verdict is legal, the parent receiving child maintenance can apply to social services to collect the money from the other parent. In case of refusal or failure to pay, social services will start enforcing the money. Enforcement procedures for child maintenance are free of charge.

Many single parents are always short of money if their ex-partner fails to pay child maintenance. Residents of Baselland can apply for an advancement of child maintenance. It is important that you submit your application as soon as possible, as the application date will determine when the payments begin. Social services can only advance maintenance for a limited amount of time.

Switzerland

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Aargau

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  • Advanced payment of child Support: www.ag.ch

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Basel-Landschaft

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  • Kantonales Sozialamt Baselland: www.baselland.ch

  • Financial contribution for adult children. Get more information here.

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Basel-Stadt

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Solothurn

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