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Recognising a child and requesting joint parental authority

This procedure enables a father, who is not married to the mother, to recognise a child via a Swiss civil registry office, before or after the child’s birth.

Horaires de l'état civil: de 8h30 à 11h45 et de 13h à 16h

Recognising a child

What is the fee?

The stipulated fee is CHF 75 and may be accompanied by other costs.

Which documents must be provided?

After examining the personal situation of the child and his/her parents, the Civil Registry Office will verify its jurisdiction and indicate the documents to be provided in order to complete this formality. A valid identity document will always be required. If the father is a minor, under general guardianship or is subject to a power of attorney due to a long-term mental incapacity, the written consent of the legal guardian is required.

Where to complete this procedure?

Parents who are both Swiss and are resident in Switzerland

A father wishing to request pre-natal or post-natal recognition can contact the civil registry office of any district within Switzerland.

Parents who are both of foreign nationality and are resident in Switzerland

A father wishing to request pre-natal recognition must contact the civil registry office of the municipality in which one or other of the parents is resident. In the event of post-natal recognition, he must contact either the civil registry office of the district in which the child is born or the civil registry office of the district in which the father lives or the civil registry office of the district in which the child lives.

Parents of Swiss and foreign nationality who are both resident in Switzerland

A father wishing to request pre-natal recognition can contact the civil registry office of the municipality in which one or other of the parents is resident or the civil registry office of the municipality of origin of the Swiss parent. In the event of post-natal recognition, he can contact either the civil registry office of the district in which the child is born or the civil registry office of the district in which the father lives or the civil registry office of the district in which the child lives or the civil registry office of the municipality of origin of the Swiss parent.

Parents who are both of foreign nationality and are resident abroad

A father wishing to request post-natal recognition must contact the civil registry office of the municipality in which the child is born. The civil registry offices in Switzerland do not have jurisdiction to register pre-natal recognition in this situation.

At the civil registry office of the City of Geneva, an appointment must be made.

For unmarried parents, models of the agreements governing visiting rights, the father’s contribution to child maintenance and joint parental authority can be found on the State of Geneva website.

Requesting joint parental authority

What to do?

In the event of recognition of the child in common of an unmarried couple, the parents can submit a declaration of joint parental authority to the civil registrar at the same time as the father recognises his child.

In Geneva, if the declaration of joint parental authority is not submitted at the time of recognition, the parents can contact the Tribunal de protection de l’adulte et de l’enfant to request parental authority jointly.

Before submitting the declaration, the parents can request advice from the Tribunal de protection de l’adulte et de l’enfant. The civil registry office provides no advisory service in this respect.

What impact does this request have on the child’s surname?

If it is the couple’s first child, the parents can declare that the child will bear the father’s unmarried name. If it is not their first child together, the child will bear the same name as his/her brothers and sisters.

Within a period of one year, the parents can declare to the civil registrar that the child will bear the unmarried name of the other parent. This declaration applies to all children in common.

Any subsequent change in the allocation of parental authority has no effect on the child’s name.

Any change of name for a child over the age of twelve requires the child’s consent.

A minor acquires the cantonal and municipal rights of citizenship of the parent whose name he/she bears.

What is the fee?

The fee for declaring joint parental authority is CHF 30.
The fee for declaring a name is CHF 75.

Agreement relating to the allocation of educational credits

When calculating old age pension, educational credits take account of the loss of income suffered by one of the parents after taking responsibility for their children. They are linked to parental authority. When submitting the declaration of joint parental authority, the parents can conclude an agreement concerning the allocation of educational credits before the child protection authority in the place of residence (at the time of birth) of the child’s mother.

Before the appointment made to request recognition, the parents can obtain information concerning the allocation of educational credits from the Cantonal Social Insurance Office. The civil registry office provides no advisory service in this respect.

Contact

Service de l'état civil

37 Rue de la Mairie

1207

Genève

Suisse

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Article modifié le 25.09.2020 à 17:05