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Acknowledgement of paternity

A declaration recognising paternity of a child, as well as the mother's declaration of consent, can be certified in any registry office, at youth welfare offices and before notaries. Effective recognition of paternity can take place if there is no paternity of another man to that child. The recognition of paternity and the mother's declaration of consent are certified in public form.

Recognition of paternity is already possible before the birth of the child.

Under German law, the woman who gave birth to the child is the mother of the child. In principle, recognition of maternity is not required. If a recognition of maternity or a declaration of consent from a legal representative is required, these must also be notarized by a registry office, by the youth welfare office, or by notaries.

If foreign homeland law requires the mother or father to recognise maternity, it can also be publicly certified. The same rules apply as for the recognition of paternity.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)

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