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What are the requirements for child benefit?

In principle, you can receive child benefit if you are

  • have your residence or habitual abode in Germany, or
  • live abroad, but are either subject to unlimited income tax liability in Germany or are treated accordingly.

The following are considered as children

  • children related to you within the first degree (legitimate, declared legitimate, illegitimate and adopted children)
  • Children of your spouse (stepchildren) and grandchildren whom you have taken into your household
  • Foster children with whom you are connected by a family-like bond calculated to last for a longer period of time.

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