# In brief: what is family splitting?

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In Germany there is no family splitting, but rather spouse splitting. Critics say the state is promoting "housewife marriage" and not children. Before elections, family splitting based on the French model is often an issue. Nothing has changed since 1953.

By Stephan Lenhardt, SWR Mainz

The debate about family splitting is basically about whether the state is more likely to encourage children or marriage. If you want to understand family splitting, you first have to understand what is known as spouse splitting.