Paternity acknowledgements

Mothers do not need to recognize their children, because the bond of filiation results from the birth itself. Acknowledgements of paternity takes place when fathers are not married to the child's mother and the parent-child relationship must be officially established. This record is registered by declaration to the civil status office, before the court or by a last will and testament (posthumously). Acknowledgement of paternity may occur before or after the birth.

Paternity acknowledgement
  2018 2019 2020
Total 21 912

22 256

22 364
Before birth
14 262

14 564

14 699
After birth 7 650

7 692

7 665
Paternity acknowledgement1 by child age  
0 months 2 043

1 955

1 857
1-11 months 4 477

4 546

4 811
12-23 months 566

547

521
24 months or older 564

644

476
1) After birth Source : FSO – BEVNAT

From 1980 to 2005, most children were recognized after birth. Since then, the trend has been reversed. Today, the number of child acknowledgements by fathers is seven times higher than in 1980. This increase is parallel to the rise in the number of births outside marriage.

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CH-2010 Neuchâtel
Switzerland

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