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A paternity acknowledgment legally establishes the a man’s paternity of a child. If a man and woman are married and have a baby, the father is not required to acknowledge paternity of the child. The mother’s husband is automatically assumed to be the father of the child, even if he is not the biological father. In the case of a registered partnership or unmarried cohabitation, paternity is not automatically laid down in the law. The father has to officially acknowledge the child at the municipal registry.
The child may be acknowledged before it is born, but also after birth or even in a later year.