Applying to annul paternity

In the Netherlands, the man automatically becomes the legal father of any children born in a marriage or registered partnership between a man and a woman. If it turns out that the man is not the father of the child and the mother of the child has not been honest about this, the man can make an application to the court to annul paternity.

Last updated on 28 December 2021

Conditions for annulment of paternity

Annulment of paternity (in Dutch) is only possible under the following conditions:

  • the legal father is not the biological father of the child;
  • the mother has not been honest about who has fathered her child.

Applying for annulment of paternity

Applications for annulment of paternity (in Dutch) are made to the district court. You will need a lawyer to do this on your behalf. This application can be made by the mother, the father or the child.

Applying to the municipality to annul paternity

A mother can also make an application to the municipality for annulment of paternity if her husband or registered partner died before the child was born. For more information, contact your municipality.

Laws and regulations (in Dutch)

Dutch Civil Code, Book 1, Section 2

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