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Sharing Rule:

When the parents are married, the child gets the father's family name. When the parents are not married, the child gets the mother's name.


 


Explanation:

According to Dutch Law, children born inside of wedlock will automatically get their father's family name and children born out of wedlock will automatically get their mother's family name. In both situations, however, the parents can choose to have it differently. Only requirement is that both parents agree on this. However, the choice made for the first child will automatically apply for the following children born out of the relationship.

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