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  • Pursuant to the Polish Family and Guardianship Code if it is not presumed that mother’s spouse is the child’s father or if mother’s spouse  had the paternity denied by the court, the paternity can be established either through a procedure of recognizing paternity or by virtue of a decision of the Polish Family Court. The biological father cannot recognize the paternity if court proceedings for establishment of paternity are pending. Paternity towards the person older than 18 cannot be recognized. However, paternity towards the nasciturus can be recognized.


    If at least one of the parents is a Polish national, biological father should issue an appropriate statement before the Consul and in this way paternity can be recognized.


    The child’s mother should grant consent to recognize paternity immediately after the father’s recognition. If the mother is not present while the biological father is making statement before the Consul, she should grant consent to recognize paternity within the next 3 months before the Consul or the Head of the Registry of Civil Status Records. While making a statement of  recognition of paternity, both parents decide about the child’s last name. If the child is older than 13, he or she must also give their written consent to the name change.


    The Consul will issue a certificate (subject to a fee, check the Table of Consular Fees, point 7.05) informing that a statement recognizing paternity has been made. The Consul sends the statement recognizing paternity to the Registry of Civil Status Records, which enters it into a register.


    For recognition of paternity appointment, please visit > Visits > Legal matters

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