There will be avenues in place for women who feel they cannot reveal the true identity of the biological father of their children, but it will be decided by a judge on a case-by-case basis.
“We need to offer more legal protection for ‘false’ fathers to seek recourse,” Justice Minister Heiko Maas said in his proposal of the measure on Monday. “The mother should only have the right to remain silent when there are serious reasons for her not to name the biological father.”
The legislation draft comes after the German Constitutional Court ruled in February 2015 that men who were misled to believe that they had fathered a child require stronger legal protection.
It remains unclear what the penalties would be for women who refuse to, or cannot, name the biological father of a child.