If your child is born in Serbia, you must register the birth in Serbia. 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 Serbia, you must register the birth with the municipality where your child was born.
If you live outside the Netherlands, you can have the Serbian 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.
If you are not married, the father can acknowledge parentage of his child with the Serbian municipality where the child was born. You will need a declaration of acknowledgement of parentage to apply for your child’s first Dutch passport. The declaration must be translated and legalised with an apostille.
In Serbia, acknowledging parentage of your child automatically grants you parental responsibility for your child. Acknowledgement of parentage in Serbia is legally valid in the Netherlands, provided the parents’ names are listed on the birth certificate.
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 Serbia. 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.
Acknowledging parentage does not automatically grant you parental responsibility for your child. Acknowledgement of parentage in the Netherlands is legally valid in Serbia, provided the parents’ names are listed on the birth certificate.
Find out more about acknowledging parentage in the Netherlands on Government.nl.
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