The government has decided to set up a state committee for parenthood re-evaluation to deal with legal issues concerning parenthood, co-parenting, multiple parents and surrogacy. This State Committee has been set up partly because of COC's plea for better legal protection of families with multiple parents.
The Council of Ministers has decided to set up this committee on the basis of a proposal by State Secretary for Security and Justice Fred Teeven. The committee has been asked to report before the first of March 2016.
Technological and social developments have led to new possibilities and insights, and to changing family patterns. These developments have led to new questions on the role of parents, the tie between parent and child, and the way in which individuals develop themselves. Looking ahead, it is why the State Committee will first inspect the points of departure in ancestry law, and the emergence of legal parenthood in its different forms, for example biological or social parenthood. The committee will also map which legal possibilities there are for co-parenting, multiple parental authority, and surrogacy.
The experts will also give their opinion on the possibility of organising living arrangements to reflect the wishes of individuals. This will include the question on whether the current point of departure of children having no more than two legal parents, and no more than two people having authority over a child, needs adjustment. If co-parenting and multiple parental authority should become possible, the committee will also make a proposal for the content of possible legislation.
Finally, it will also look whether The Netherlands should have legislation on surrogacy, and what it should look like. Developments abroad will be explicitly examined by the committee.
The State Committee will have a wide-ranging composition. Besides people with a thorough knowledge of children's rights and Dutch individual and family law, a physician, an educator and an ethicist will also be part of the committee.