Germany is getting ready to push through legislation that will effect anywhere from four to ten percent of newborn babies by requiring new, single mothers to disclose who the baby daddy is.
If passed, the days of fully abandoning the relationship once the news of that oops baby comes out would be over. German Justice Minister Heiko Maas stands behind the law change, citing that it would make it easier to seek out financial support from the biological father.
Once the biological father is proven accurate, financial recourse could be required for up to two years.
Depending on the situation though, not all mothers want to know, or have known, the biological father. The current terms do not allow a woman from fully opting out, but in cases where the naming of the father is seen as being harmful, or unreasonable, the name can be kept confidential.
The law wouldn’t only serve as a way of obtaining child support though. Children who wish to take the name of their biological father, whether it be the mother remarrying or when the child reaches adulthood, would gain access to their father’s name.