Transgender people who have a child after their gender has been officially changed to ‘male’ will soon be able to arrange that they are no longer listed as ‘mother’ on the child’s birth certificate.
At his request, this parent can then be referred to as the ‘parent of whom the child was born’, is stated in a proposed amendment to the 1994 Civil Status Decree that the Minister for Legal Protection has made public to allow public participation.
According to the minister, the rules will be adjusted ‘to do better justice to the actual situation in these situations’. He finds that ‘more appropriate’. It will soon be possible to submit such a request to the registrar of births, marriages and deaths. When exactly is not yet clear.
If the parent registers the birth himself, he can make this request immediately. If the other parent or someone else registers the birth, the wish can be submitted by means of a written and signed statement.
Sophie Schers, policy advisor of Transgender Netwerk Nederland, responds: ,,This is an important recognition for trans men and non-binary persons who give birth to a child. Being registered as a mother on your child’s birth certificate, while you are not a woman and also not registered as such, is of course not correct. That is extremely painful and it is now being addressed, we are very happy about that.”
According to the explanation of the proposed change, this concerns ‘at most a few cases per year’.
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