Acknowledging parenthood of your child in the Netherlands

Are you having a child, and you and the birth mother are not married or in a civil partnership? You, as a father or the female partner of a birth mother, can become a legal parent if you officially acknowledge parenthood of that child. This can be done free of charge through your municipality.

This is how it works for you

Your (future) place of residence falls under:

Here is some information from your municipality.

Acknowledge parenthood of your child and to choose a surname

You must go to the municipality in person to officially acknowledge parenthood of your child and to choose a surname. This is possible in every municipality in the Netherlands. 

If you do not hold Dutch citizenship or you live outside the Netherlands, other rules may apply. 

Call the municipality Lansingerland by phonenumber (+31) 10 800 40 00 for an appointment. You will receive more information which documents you need for the appointment.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Lansingerland

Last updated on 23 December 2022