There are round 14 million households living with children in Germany. Legal dealings with children are therefore of omnipresent importance.
In addition to the fundamental change in the life situation, the birth of a child also brings about legal changes. These affect not only broken families, but also intact ones.
Problems can already arise when paternity is acknowledged. Unlike the birth of a child within a marriage, the legal relationship of the child to the father does not arise automatically within the framework of a non-marital partnership. Rather, the relationship must have been effectively recognised or judicially established.
However, the cohabitation of children and parents also involves legal challenges. Above all, custody is of considerable importance. This is because custody not only includes personal custody, i.e. the right to determine the child’s whereabouts, upbringing and care, or the right of access to third parties. Custody also includes the right to determine property, so that the custodian in particular manages the child’s property and assets.