Entry #1310: Same-sex adoption in Switzerland

Current Version

IssueSame-sex adoption
Start DateSep 26, 2021
End Datenow
DescriptionThe new law of same sex marriage for Switzerland also guarantees adoption rights for same sex couples.
Sourceswww.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58696604.amp https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/society/adoption-law_gays-and-lesbians-can-now-adopt-stepchildren/43783002
Reports (1)
  • Status is not correct "Same sex couples have no right to adopt a child. Only step-child adoption is possible. "

Revision History (4)

Revision by Willow

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Sourceswww.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58696604.ampwww.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58696604.amp https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/society/adoption-law_gays-and-lesbians-can-now-adopt-stepchildren/43783002

Revision by chae

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Start Date2022-07-012021-09-26

Revision by chae

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ValueStep-child adoption onlyLegal
Start Date2018-01-012022-07-01
NoteArticle 27 of the Swiss Registered partnership Law states that the step-parent has the legal obligation to take care of the child and owns parental authority to represent the step-child. Step-child adoption pending in Parliament. Full joint adoption was approved by the Council of States (upper house) on March 14, 2012 but full joint adoption was later rejected by the National Council (lower house).The new law of same sex marriage for Switzerland also guarantees adoption rights for same sex couples.
SourcesArt.27 - Partner's child (in French): http://www.admin.ch/opc/fr/classified-compilation/20022194/index.html#a27 www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58696604.amp

Revision by Antinousosiris

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ValueIllegalStep-child adoption only
Start Date0000-01-012018-01-01
Reports (6)
  • Newer law has been passed "Gay marriage is now legal September 26 2021 "
  • Status is not correct "Legal"
  • Newer law has been passed "Step-child adoption is now legal https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/adoption-law_gays-and-lesbians-can-now-adopt-stepchildren/43783002"
  • Newer law has been passed "you can now adopt your stepchild "
  • Note field is incorrect "It is now legal to adopt a stepchild"
  • Status is not correct ""Single people, regardless of sexual orientation, may adopt children, but there is no legal provision for same-sex couples to adopt children. However, the law may be revised to allow same-sex couples to adopt following a decision by the European Court of Human Rights on a case in France" "Article 27 of the Registered Partnership Act treats the matter of the partner's child/children. The law states that the partner of the biological/adoptive parent must provide financial support for their partner's child and also possesses the full legal authority to represent the child in every matter as being the parent's partner. It also states that in the case of the couple's disband, the ex-partner has the right to keep close ties with their ex-partner's child.This article makes Swiss registered partnerships one of the most liberal partnerships, giving the couple a real role in being parents."

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