I am 27 weeks pregnant, my boyfriend is originally from a non-European country, but he got the Spanish nationality a year ago. We asked for the birth certificate but we are still waiting for it and we don't know when we are going to receive it. His original birth certificate shows a different name, so we understand that it doesn't make any sense to use that one.

We need his birth certificate to do the Vaterschaftsanerkennung as we are not married, and also for the birth certificate of the baby. And I don't know how we are going to do that if we don't receive his certificate..

I am waiting for the call from the Jugendamt regarding the appointment for the Vaterschaftsanerkennung, they are not asking me for this document, but everywhere I am reading that is necessary so I am afraid that they are going to ask for it that day..

Any suggestion or alternatives?

Thank you!
asked Aug 25, 2023 in Legal advice by Sara Gonzalez | 637 views

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Dear Sara,

Welcome to the Wefugees Community and thank your for reaching out to us.

As far as I know, the authorities will still do the "Vaterschaftsanerkennung" but they might state in the document that the identity of the parent is not proven ("Indentität beruht auf eigenen Angaben" oder "Identität nicht nachgewiesen"). My colleague explained this also here regarding not submitting a passport in this context. If the identity of the parents (or one parent) is not clear, the child may receive a so-called "Auszug aus dem Geburtenregister" (we discussed this topic i.e. here) instead of a proper birth certificate until you both can submit the required documents. But this highly depends on the civil servants as they assess every case individually.

Do you agree with my explanations, dear @mbeon-fardeen? Or is there anything you would like to add?

All the best,


answered Sep 2, 2023 by Meike
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