Mums must come clean on ‘milk­men’s kids’

The Myanmar Times - - World -

GER­MANY has drafted a law re­quir­ing moth­ers to in­form their part­ners if their chil­dren were fa­thered by an­other man, Jus­tice Min­is­ter Heiko Maas said.

The mea­sure, dubbed the “milk­men’s kids law” in the me­dia, is to pass the cab­i­net as early as to­day be­fore head­ing to par­lia­ment.

It would ap­ply to cases in which men who be­lieve they are not the real fa­thers seek fi­nan­cial com­pen­sa­tion in court.

“We need to of­fer more le­gal pro­tec­tion for ‘false’ fa­thers to seek re­course,” Mr Maas said.

“The mother should only have the right to re­main silent when there are se­ri­ous rea­sons for her not to name the bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther.”

A court would de­ter­mine if the rea­sons suf­ficed for her to keep the fa­ther’s true name a se­cret.

The mea­sure would al­low men who were duped into pay­ing to sup­port a child to de­mand com­pen­sa­tion from the bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther for a pe­riod of up to two years.

Mr Maas be­gan work on the leg­is­la­tion af­ter a fed­eral court rul­ing in Fe­bru­ary 2015 said the govern­ment needed to put men tricked into be­liev­ing they were fa­thers on firmer le­gal foot­ing.

Opin­ions vary on how many chil­dren grow up thinking the wrong man is their fa­ther but Ger­man stud­ies put the fig­ure from be­low 4 per­cent to more than 10pc.

It was not im­me­di­ately clear what penal­ties a woman who re­fused to un­mask the bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther would face.

Photo: EPA

Heiko Maas wants le­gal pro­tec­tion for fa­thers.

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