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Schleswig-Holstein

Maternity recognition

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Schleswig-Holstein (Linie6PLus)

Service Description

  • If you wish to make a declaration recognizing the maternity of your child, insofar as this is required by your home law or the law of the country in which the child has its habitual residence.

A declaration recognizing the maternity of a child can be recorded at any registry office, at youth welfare offices and before notaries.

Recognition of maternity only applies in cases where the parentage of a child of unmarried parents is governed by the law of the country in which the child has its habitual residence or, alternatively, by the mother's home law.

If the mother's or father's home country law requires a maternity acknowledgement, this will be publicly notarized. The same rules apply as for acknowledgment of paternity.


Process flow

Recognition of maternity can be submitted to any municipal office, youth welfare office or notary.

  • The recognizing woman declares that she is the mother of the child.
  • The registrar must check the declaration of recognition in order to prevent ineffective recognitions as far as possible.
  • In particular, the following is checked
  • The identity of the acknowledging party, the mother and the child
  • The legal capacity of the parties involved
  • Any previous status determinations
  • The registrar clarifies the legal consequences of the name.
  • The recognition is officially notarized
Who should I contact?
  • Youth welfare offices
  • Notaries
  • registry offices
Competent authority
  • Youth welfare offices
  • Notaries
  • registry offices
Requirements
  • The recognition must be publicly notarized.
  • Recognition of maternity can be submitted to any municipal office, youth welfare office or notary.
  • Recognition and consent are not subject to receipt and do not require acceptance by a specific registry office or other authority to be effective.
  • Recognition of maternity only applies in cases where the parentage of a child of unmarried parents is governed by the law of the state in which the child has its habitual residence or, alternatively, by the mother's home law.

If the mother's or father's home country law requires a maternity acknowledgement, this will be publicly notarized. The same rules apply as for recognition of paternity.

  • Recognition subject to a condition or time limit is invalid.
  • Recognition also requires the child's consent if the mother is not entitled to parental custody.
  • Persons with limited legal capacity can only acknowledge themselves, but require the consent of their legal representative. In the case of legally incompetent persons, the legal representative can acknowledge with the approval of the family court; if the legal representative is a guardian, the approval of the guardianship court is required.
  • For a legally incompetent child or a child who is not yet 14 years old, only the legal representative can consent to the acknowledgment.
  • Acknowledgements or consents cannot be declared by an authorized person.
Which documents are required?

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

What are the fees?

Recognition of maternity is free of charge.

Fees for the declaration in lieu of an oath and for an interpreter, if applicable

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?
  • The declaration of recognition can be made for an unlimited period of time, even before the birth of the child (prenatal recognition) and after the child's death (post-mortem recognition), as well as for stillborn children.
Processing duration
  • Depending on the individual case
Legal basis
  • Art. 19 para. 1 sentence 1 EGBGB
  • § Section 27 PStG
  • § Section 44 of the Civil Status Act (PStG)
  • §§ Sections 1591 to 1599 BGB
Appeal
  • Objection
  • Contestation
  • Declaratory proceedings
Applications / forms

at the registry office

Technically approved by
  • Senator for Internal Affairs, Department 23 - Civil Status Law, of the State of Bremen
Professionally released on

09.10.2020

Teaser

  • If you wish to make a declaration recognizing the maternity of your child, insofar as this is required by your home law or the law of the country in which the child has its habitual residence.

Process flow

Recognition of maternity can be submitted to any municipal office, youth welfare office or notary.

  • The recognizing woman declares that she is the mother of the child.
  • The registrar must check the declaration of recognition in order to prevent ineffective recognitions as far as possible.
  • In particular, the following is checked
  • The identity of the acknowledging party, the mother and the child
  • The legal capacity of the parties involved
  • Any previous status determinations
  • The registrar clarifies the legal consequences of the name.
  • The recognition is officially notarized

Who should I contact?

  • Youth welfare offices
  • Notaries
  • registry offices

Competent authority

  • Youth welfare offices
  • Notaries
  • registry offices

Requirements

  • The recognition must be publicly notarized.
  • Recognition of maternity can be submitted to any municipal office, youth welfare office or notary.
  • Recognition and consent are not subject to receipt and do not require acceptance by a specific registry office or other authority to be effective.
  • Recognition of maternity only applies in cases where the parentage of a child of unmarried parents is governed by the law of the state in which the child has its habitual residence or, alternatively, by the mother's home law.

If the mother's or father's home country law requires a maternity acknowledgement, this will be publicly notarized. The same rules apply as for recognition of paternity.

  • Recognition subject to a condition or time limit is invalid.
  • Recognition also requires the child's consent if the mother is not entitled to parental custody.
  • Persons with limited legal capacity can only acknowledge themselves, but require the consent of their legal representative. In the case of legally incompetent persons, the legal representative can acknowledge with the approval of the family court; if the legal representative is a guardian, the approval of the guardianship court is required.
  • For a legally incompetent child or a child who is not yet 14 years old, only the legal representative can consent to the acknowledgment.
  • Acknowledgements or consents cannot be declared by an authorized person.

Which documents are required?

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

What are the fees?

Recognition of maternity is free of charge.

Fees for the declaration in lieu of an oath and for an interpreter, if applicable

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

  • The declaration of recognition can be made for an unlimited period of time, even before the birth of the child (prenatal recognition) and after the child's death (post-mortem recognition), as well as for stillborn children.

Processing duration

  • Depending on the individual case

Legal basis

  • Art. 19 para. 1 sentence 1 EGBGB
  • § Section 27 PStG
  • § Section 44 of the Civil Status Act (PStG)
  • §§ Sections 1591 to 1599 BGB

Appeal

  • Objection
  • Contestation
  • Declaratory proceedings

Applications / forms

at the registry office

Technically approved by

  • Senator for Internal Affairs, Department 23 - Civil Status Law, of the State of Bremen

Professionally released on

09.10.2020

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