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  1. Hello Toytown,   I am seeing conflicting information regarding the role kindergeld plays when it comes to calculating Unterhaltszahlungen. We have two young children and will have a 50/50 custody agreement. Before consulting the lawyer and enduring his fees, an initial attempt at using the Dusseldorfer Table has left us both confused.    My wife is German and I am not. During our marriage she earnt 50% less than I and still does. As such, we agreed that kindergeld payments should go to her account. During our marriage this was no issue. Now that we are seperating, she will continue to receive these payments. My question is: since this is, in a sense, family money, am i entitled to take half of the kindergeld payments she receives off the total Unterhaltszahlungen I will pay her? Or are these payments exempt from the calculation?   Any up-to-date info appreciated!
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    Hi, We have been in reciept of a 'partial' kindergeld payment since last year. The reasons I've been given (from what I understand) are 1) because I am in reciept of child maintenance from the children's Father in England 2) that their Father can claim Child Benefit in the UK. I've been told by some local friends that this is incorrect and they should be paying the full amount. I've tried to communicate with kindergeld several times with recorded delivery letters and phone calls but I just get fed a line of rubbish like they'll write to me within ** days, or someone who is dealing with it is on holiday or no reply at all. The last letter they sent went to my steuerberater but no copy to me. I'm really fed up and struggling with money. So do I go down the legal route now or are they correct in what they have said? Does anyone know of English speaking legal help (that's not really expensive becsuse I just can't afford it) or have any other help?   Thanks, Debs