This service is only relevant for opposite-sex parents who are not married at the time of birth. In this case, the birthing mother:
- is the sole parent to the child - unless a father declaration (Vaterschaftsanerkennung) was made
- and enjoys 100% of custody rights - unless a custody agreement (Sorgerechtserklärung) was put in place
For opposite sex parents who are married at the time of birth: the baby will automatically have two parents (the birthing mother and her spouse) who will share custody rights 50/50.
For same sex parents, regardless of whether they are married or not at the time of birth: the birthing mother will be the sole parent of the child and enjoy 100% of custody rights, until the other parent(s) adopt(s) the baby. Only then can the custody rights be shared with them.
In German this is called a Vaterschaftsanerkennung. This means the dad declares being the father of the (unborn) child and the mother agrees. The father will be stated as a parent on the birth certificate of the child. The father declaration also gives the dad permission to see his child (Umgangsrecht) where and when permitted by the mother, however all decisions and responsibilities lie with the mother if no shared custody agreement is done.
Shared custody agreement:
In German this is called Sorgerechtserklärung. It is a procedure whereby the mother decides to shared her custody right 50/50 with the father. The father then has to be consulted for all important decisions regarding the child (place of residence, school attendance etc).
When to apply:
Both procedures can be done before or after the birth, although it is advisable where possible to get it done before the baby is born so that the father can be declared as a parent on the baby's birth certificate, carry his name if desired etc.
Where to apply:
- Vaterschaftsanerkennung: Standesamt (at a cost), Jugendamt (free), notary (at a cost)
- Sorgerechtserklärung: Jugendamt (free), notary (at a cost)
For parents who need some assistance in contacting the relevant authorities / notary, making the appointment and gathering the documents
What you get:
For parents who not only want the stress-free approach leading up to the appointment but also want or need translation services on the day of the procedure
What you get:
My ultimate goal is to offer expat families a unique experience that will allow them to:
- ensure they are setting their family on the right path
- have peace of mind knowing everything has been taken care of
I have worked with over 300 families helping them with their paperwork. On father declarations and shared custody agreements specifically, I have assisted dozens of families from their initial request to the authorities to translating on the day. Both the civil servants and the parents can rely on my friendly yet professional translation work in this situation.
I care about your journey as if it was my own.
What we will cover:
What we will cover:
Baby in Berlin, Family Care & Concierge: helping families from all walks of life and from around the world find their feet in Berlin and Germany during pregnancy, through birth and in the early family years. Offering assistance with pregnancy questions, paperwork, mother care and contacts for a happy and stress-free start as a family in Germany!
Elodie Roux Heineck, Baby in Berlin, Schönhauser Allee 74, c/o maternita, 10437 Berlin