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Elterngeld 12 or 14 months after birth?

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Hi all, 

 

I know that if both mother and father take Elternzeit, together we could have 14 months of Elterngeld. But I recently heard that 2 months of this period should overlap! This means that if the baby is Born in June 2019, until June 2020 we should have already taken together all 14 months, otherwise we lose the 2 months. Initially I thought we could take until August 2020 which means 14 full Months. Any experience or info about this? 

 

I checked this website: https://familienportal.de/familienportal/familienleistungen/elterngeld/wie-lange-kann-ich-elterngeld-bekommen-/124728 

which says: "Basiselterngeld können Sie für bis zu 12 Lebensmonate bekommen. Wenn beide Partner Elterngeld beantragen und mindestens einer von Ihnen nach der Geburt weniger Einkommen hat als davor, sogar für bis zu 14 Monate. Diese 2 zusätzlichen Monate nennt man "Partnermonate"".

 

Which made me again confused about the rules! 

 

Thank you for your help in advance,

Sarah

 

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You don't have to take those months together.

Further down the page it says (italics mine):

Die Elterngeld-Monate können Sie untereinander aufteilen. […]  Sie können das Elterngeld entweder am Stück beziehen oder den Elterngeld-Bezug unterbrechen und später fortsetzen oder sich mit Ihrem Partner abwechseln.

Dabei gelten folgende Einschränkungen:

Basiselterngeld können Sie nur in den ersten 14 Lebensmonaten bekommen.

 

But beware: The 12 months are a lie. If she has a job, the mothers does not get Elterngeld for the Mutterschutz period after the birth (i.e. 8 weeks) because she receives Mutterschaftsgeld. So only 10 - until baby's first birthday. At least as far as I can figure out.

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