If your child is born in the United Kingdom, you must register their birth in the UK. 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 the UK, you must register the birth at the Local Register Office according to the applicable rules. It is not possible to register the birth of your child at the Dutch embassy.
If you live outside the Netherlands, you can have the birth certificate from the UK 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 the UK, acknowledgement of parentage is linked to parental responsibility. As the child’s mother, you automatically have parental responsibility for your child from the moment they are born.
As the father, you usually have parental responsibility if:
- you are married to the child’s mother, or
- your name is listed on the child’s birth certificate (after a certain date, depending on what part of the UK the child was born in). As the father, you can have your name added to the birth certificate.
If you do not automatically have parental responsibility for your child, you can apply for it.
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 the UK. 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. Find out more about acknowledging parentage in the Netherlands on Government.nl.
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