Marriage, Family and Relationship

„Marriage and the family shall enjoy the special protection of the state”. This is written in Article 6 of the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany. Due to that, married people and parents have special rights.

Many couples still decide for marriage. However, there are different living arrangements in which love, the feeling of security and fulfilment can be found.

Couples who cohabit, same-sex couples or an apartment-sharing community are part of normality today. In a democracy such living arrangements and family structures which people choose for themselves or in which they are born to, have to be respected and acknowledged.

The Children and Youth Services Act is the foundation for many forms of support and aid that children, youths and parents can receive. In Bonn, the department for children, youths and family (Jugendamt) helps with all questions regarding education and care of children and youths. The central family hotline of the department for children, youths and family is the number 774070.

Most children still grow up with both their parents. However, the amount of single mothers or fathers increases. For these parents, the association for single mothers or fathers is an important address in Bonn.

More and more families exist in which multiple nationalities are represented. Women and men find themselves in cross-border relationships. „In Germany, every seventh marriage is a bi-national alliance and every third child that is born has parents of different nationalities“, it is stated on the website of the association of bi-national families and partnerships. This association offers information and counseling in Bonn as well.

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