Child support

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Parents have an obligation to support their children. This obligation applies regardless of whether the parents are married and regardless of who has custody. If the parents do not live together, the parent with whom the child does not live is still required to support the child financially.

When and how to apply to the State Administration

If the parents are unable to reach agreement on the amount of support, this decision may be taken by the State Administration which will determine the level of child support required. Parents wishing to apply to the State Administration for such a decision should submit their application online. The application form can be found here (form in Danish). If the applicant is unable to sign the form electronically (with NemID), the applicant may print and sign the form before submitting it to the State Administration.

Rates 2017

Child support consists of three parts: a set basic amount, a fixed supplement, and an additional supplement depending on the gross income of the parent concerned and the number of children.

Standard child support consists of a set basic amount and a fixed supplement.

The total amount for 2017 is DKK 1,333 per month – DKK 15,996 per year. The set basic amount is DKK 14,160 and the fixed supplement is DKK 1,836 per year. This corresponds to a set basic amount of DKK 1,180 and a fixed supplement of DKK 153 per month.

Depending on the parent’s gross income and the number of children the parent is required to support, a further supplement may be added.

Guidelines for increased child support applicable in 2017 can be found in the table below.

The supplement is calculated on the basis of the set basic amount. 

2017

The standard child support with a supplement of

1 child

2 children

3 children

4 children

5 children

100%

approx. DKK 490,000

approx. DKK 550,000

approx. DKK 620,000

approx. DKK 720,000

approx. DKK 850,000

200%

approx. DKK 700,000

approx. DKK 800,000

approx. DKK 1.0 million

approx. DKK 1.1 million

approx. DKK 1.2 million

300%

approx. DKK 1.2 million

approx. DKK 1.5 million

approx. DKK 1.8 million

approx. DKK 1.9 million

approx. DKK 2.2 million

Example

Parent A has two children and must pay child support for both children. Parent A has a personal gross income of DKK 750,000 per year.

As a general rule, child support is calculated as follows:

Parent A has to pay DKK 1,180 + 100% = DKK 2,360 + DKK 153. Total: DKK 2,513 per child per month.

For how long is child support paid?

Child support is paid until the child reaches the age of 18. If the child is in full-time education, the obligation to pay child support may, however, be extended until the child reaches the age of 24. The obligation to pay child support ceases if the parent paying support dies.

Supplementary contributions in special cases

The State Administration may also decide that the father must pay a contribution towards the cost of childbirth – a so-called birth contribution of DKK 811 (2017) – and towards supporting the mother for two months prior to and one month following the birth. For 2017, this constitutes DKK 1,413 per month. A parent may also apply for special contributions from the other parent for christening and confirmation or other special occasions.

Child support and taxation

The basic amount of DKK 14,160 for 2017 for children under the age of 18 is tax-deductible. No such option exists for support paid for children over the age of 18. If support is paid for several children, tax deductions are correspondingly increased.

Child support constitutes taxable income for the child receiving child support. The set basic amount is, however, exempt from taxation for children under 18.

Appeals

Appeals against decisions made by the State Administration on child support may be submitted to the National Social Appeals Board (Ankestyrelsen). 

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Senest opdateret 14. mar 2017
 
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