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A declaration of custody must be publicly notarized. You can arrange this at the youth welfare office responsible for you or for a fee at a notary. In the event of a dispute, only the family court can annul declarations of custody. Therefore, it is advisable to seek advice on the rights and obligations arising from the declaration of custody. The recognition of paternity is a prerequisite for the joint declaration of custody. If you have not already done so, you can declare paternity and concern together at the Youth Welfare Office.

Identity card or passport of the parents Birth certificate of the child in which the father is registered or mother's passport in case of prenatal declaration of custody Certificate of recognition of paternity or court order establishing paternity


The parents are not married to each other Paternity is effectively recognised The child does not need to be born yet, but it must be conceived A court decision on parental care has not yet been made Parents must appear in person Both parents speak sufficiently German. If this is not the case: Youth Welfare Office: If you need an interpreter, please let us know the desired language when making an appointment. Notary: If you need an interpreter, you must bring an interpreter to the appointment. This person needs a valid identity document and must not be related or in-law to the child's parents.
For the declaration of custody, you must make a personal appointment at the youth welfare office responsible for you locally or in a notary's office: If not already done, the father must acknowledge paternity Both parents must appear in person, preferably together. In the appointment you will be informed about the legal consequences of the custody declaration. These will then be read to you and signed by both parents. Both parents receive certified copies of the document.

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The Senator for Social Affairs, Youth, Integration and Sport of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen

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