Recognition of maternity

A declaration recognising motherhood to a child can be certified in any registry office, at youth welfare offices and before notaries. Recognition of maternity applies only in cases where the parentage of a child, unmarried parents, is governed by the law of the State in which the child has his habitual residence or, alternatively, by the mother's home law. If the foreign homeland law of the mother or father prescribes recognition of maternity, this will be publicly notarized. The same rules apply as for the recognition of paternity.

Proof of identity (e.B. identity card, passport, ID card)


at the registry office

Preconditions
The recognition must be publicly certified. The recognition of maternity can be handed in at any stadesamt, youth welfare offices and notaries. Recognition and consent do not require receipt and do not require receipt by a specific registry office or other authority in order to be effective. Recognition of maternity applies only in cases where the parentage of a child, unmarried parents, is governed by the law of the State in which the child has his habitual residence or, alternatively, by the mother's home law. If the foreign homeland law of the mother or father prescribes recognition of maternity, this will be publicly notarized. The same rules apply as for the recognition of paternity. An acknowledgement under condition or time determination is ineffective. Recognition also requires the consent of the child if the mother is not entitled to parental authority in this respect. Anyone who is limited in legal capacity can only recognize himself, but requires the consent of the legal representative. For incapacitated, the legal representative may recognize with the permission of the family court; if the legal representative is a supervisor, the approval of the care court is required. For an incapacitated child, or a child who is not yet 14 years old, only the legal representative can agree to the recognition. Acknowledgements or consents cannot be declared by an authorised person.
Art. 19 sec. 1 sentence 1 EGBGB § 27 PStG § 44 Civil Status Act (PStG) §§ 1591 to 1599 BGB

The recognition of maternity can be handed in at any stadesamt, at all youth welfare offices and notaries. The appreciative woman declares to be the mother of the child. The registrar must examine the declaration of recognition in order to prevent ineffective recognition as far as possible. In particular, tested: The identity of the acknowledger, the mother and the child The legal capacity of the parties involved Any previous status determinations The registrar clarifies the consequences of the name law. Recognition is publicly certified

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Lower Saxony Ministry of the Interior and Sport

Last update or date of publication
23.11.2020