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Family & Partnership

Being a parent is not always easy, no matter how happy you are. A little whirlwind will turn your usual daily routine upside down. Whether you are bringing up your child alone, have to find new roles in your relationship or live together in a colorful family model: There are always new challenges to overcome.

With a child, familiar structures change - no matter which family model you live in. Especially at the beginning, some things can be overwhelming for new parents, as roles and relationships have to be redefined. Discover valuable help and advice here on the Familienportal.NRW for creating a family life in which children grow up happily.

Single parents in particular face many questions and challenges before and after the birth. There are numerous support and advice services as well as financial help for single pregnant women. Find out here where you can find advice and support.

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Marriage certificate

Do you need another marriage certificate? You can obtain your marriage certificate from the registry office in whose area the marriage took place. The registry office will issue it from the marriage register.

Civil partnership certificate

You need another civil partnership certificate? You can only obtain your civil partnership certificate from the registry office in whose area the civil partnership was established.

Maternity recognition

In Germany, motherhood is clearly regulated: Mother of a child is the woman who gave birth to the child.
This regulation does not apply to all countries. If the mother is not married, according to the law of some states, a relationship between mother and child only arises when the mother makes a declaration in which she acknowledges the child.

Declaration of care

Whether it's about choosing a school, taking part in a vacation camp or medical treatment, many decisions have to be made while a child is growing up. Even parents who are not married to each other can share this responsibility for your child. Here you can find out what joint custody means and how to arrange it.

Acknowledgement of paternity

If the parents are not married to each other, the natural father of a child is not automatically also the legally recognized father. Recognition with all rights and obligations only takes place through the public certification of a declaration by the father. The mother must agree to the declaration.