Acknowledgement of paternity Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

Recognition of paternity requires the consent of the mother and, in special cases, of the child.

Father of a child is legally in the following order of precedence the man,

  • who is married to the mother of the child at the time of birth,
  • who has acknowledged paternity, or
  • whose paternity has been established by a court.

You can therefore become the legal father of your child born out of weddy by acknowledging paternity. However, this is not possible as long as the legal paternity of another man still exists.

The recognition of paternity is permissible even before the birth of the child. It requires the consent of the mother and, in special cases, of the child or other persons. Recognition and approval must be publicly certified.

If the documents on the recognition of paternity and the consent to recognition are already available before the birth is notarized by the registry office, the father is entered in the birth book and in the birth certificate from the beginning, as with married parents. In the case of later recognition, the birth book and birth certificate will be supplemented retrospectively.

for the father's declaration of recognition:

  • own identity card or passport,
  • own birth certificate
  • Birth certificate of the child (after the birth) or proof of the expected date of birth (before the birth, e.B. by the mother's passport)

for the mother's declaration of consent:

  • own identity card or passport,
  • own birth certificate
  • if the consent is subsequently declared: Declaration of recognition of the father in certified copy: and birth certificate of the child (after the birth) or proof of the expected date of birth (before the birth, e.B. by the mother's passport)

If other persons have to agree to the recognition of paternity, they also need their identity card or passport.

In individual cases, further documents may be necessary. If necessary, please contact the notarizing body in advance

Hints

If you have effectively acknowledged paternity and are thus the legal father of your child, maintenance and inheritance claims as well as the right to contact automatically arise. You can also demand from the mother that she provide you with information about the personal circumstances of your child, as far as this does not contradict his well-being.

However, you are only entitled to (co-)custody if you and the mother of the child declare that you want to take over parental care together ( declarations of custody ). If you acknowledge paternity at the Youth Welfare Office or a notary, you can also submit declarations of custody at the same time.

§ 1592, 1594 ff. Civil Code (BGB)

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  • §§ 1591 ff. BGB

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