If your child is born in Israel, you must register the birth in Israel. If you live in the Netherlands, you must also register the birth in the Netherlands. You can acknowledge parentage of the child in either country.
Registering a birth
You must always register the birth of your child in the country where they were born. How you register a birth varies by country. If you live in the Netherlands and your child was born abroad, you must also register the birth in the Netherlands.
If your child is born in Israel, you must register the birth there. You do this within 30 days at Israel's Ministry of Internal Affairs. The birth certificate (for Israeli residents) or birth certificate (for foreigners), you will also get from the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Israel.
If you live outside the Netherlands, you can have the Israeli birth certificate converted into a Dutch birth certificate at the municipality of The Hague’s Foreign Documents Department. This is not mandatory, but it can be useful if you ever need an extract from the birth certificate in the future. Having the document converted does not take care of your child’s registration in the Non residents Records Database (RNI).
If you live in the Netherlands, you must also register the birth with the municipality where you live, using the foreign birth certificate. Do this as soon as possible once you return to the Netherlands. The municipality will then process your and your child’s details in the Personal Records Database (BRP).
Acknowledging parentage of a child
You can acknowledge parentage of your child if you are not automatically the legal parent. By doing so you declare that you are the child’s parent.
In Israel, you can recognise your child at the Israeli Ministry of Interior. For more information, contact this ministry. After recognition, you will also automatically receive parental authority. Israeli recognition is legally valid in the Netherlands.
If you live in the Netherlands or if you are Dutch and live abroad, you can always acknowledge parentage in the Netherlands of your child born in Israel. You can do this at the municipality or a notary. You can also authorise someone to do this in the Netherlands on your behalf. To do this, you must get a notary to draw up a power of attorney. You cannot acknowledge parentage of your child at a Dutch embassy or consulate-general.
If one of the parents holds Israeli citizenship, recognition for Israeli law must be done at the Israeli Ministry of Interior (or an Israeli embassy abroad).
Acknowledging parentage does not automatically grant you parental responsibility for your child. Find out more about acknowledging parentage in the Netherlands on Government.nl.
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