If the child’s parents are married at the time of birth of the child generally no acknowledgement of paternity is needed.
If the child’s parents are not married at the time of birth then the Register Offices in the United Kingdom usually include both parents as “informant” in the child’s birth certificate. This constitutes a formal acknowledgement of paternity in British law and is recognised by German law as well (Articles 11, 19, 23 EGBGB).
If the father of the child is not mentioned on the child’s birth certificate then a formal acknowledgement of paternity is usually needed.
To further investigate the case please fill out the form below and send it along with the documents requested in the form to the Embassy in London:
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
The acknowledgement of paternity can be notarized before the birth of the child. The German Mission can refuse to notarize acknowledgements of paternity.
Should you have further questions, please contact the Legal and Consular section of the Embassy in London:
Contact Form (Please select the correct German Mission and subject)