30 August 2016
Under a proposed new measure that is expected to be passed by the German cabinet on Wednesday, mothers may be forced to inform their partners if their children were fathered by another man.
The measure, known as the “milkmen’s kids law”, would apply to cases in which men who believe they are not the real fathers seek compensation.
It would be up to the courts to decide if a woman’s reasons for keeping the identity of her former lover were good enough.
Another section of the measure also states that children can take the name of their biological father, once his identity has been revealed.
However, it is not clear what penalties a woman could face for refusing to name the biological father of her child.
Though there are different opinions on how many children grow up thinking the wrong man is their father, some studies put the number at 10 per cent for children aged between One year to four years.
Also, a paternity discrepancy study in the British Medical Journal states that the rate is approximately 4 per cent, which means that one in 25 children was fathered by someone other than the man who believes he is the father.
For a country like Germany where privacy is generally highly guarded that the newspapers do not publish the names of convicted criminals without their permission, the proposed “milkmen’s kids law” is likely to generate a lot of controversies
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
Oluwatimilehin Boyinde is a research writer and a social media strategist. A public affairs analyst, he writes about history, politics, sports, life matters and technology. He is passionate about happenings in Local and international political arenas. He is an avid Manchester United fan and an unapologetic Nigerian.