Beginning January 1, 1986, women and, under certain circumstances, men receive credit
for child rearing for the first 12 months after the birth of the child. The child
must have been raised in Germany. A male worker may claim credit for child rearing
the child's mother died prior to January 1, 1986, or
he was primarily responsible for raising the child, according to a mutual statement
of both parents.
Child-rearing credits may be granted for periods before or after 1/1/86, but for periods
before January 1, 1986 evidence must be submitted.