Switzerland is an excellent place to start and raise a family, due to the high standard of living. While you live in Switzerland, there are many different aspects of family life that you need to know about.
Marriage & Partnerships in Switzerland
If you would like to take the final step and get married or enter a civil partnership in Switzerland, it is important to understand the steps that need to be taken. Official marriages are registered in Switzerland at the registrar's office in your local county (canton). You can combine a simple civil ceremony with a traditional religious or spiritual ceremony for the perfect wedding day.
Bear in mind that as of July 1, 2022, civil partnerships will no longer be issued in Switzerland and same-sex couples will be able to apply for marriage instead.
Divorce & Separation in Switzerland
The system of divorce and separation in Switzerland places the well-being of each party at the heart of proceedings. How a divorce proceeds is dependent on the wishes of the couple and the arbitration of the court in your local canton. It is always recommended to consult a lawyer if the separation is not amicable.
Pregnancy & Giving birth
With excellent hospital and natal care which is completely covered by health insurance, Switzerland is an ideal place to have a baby. Our section on Pregnancy & Giving birth covers all the essential aspects of having a child in Switzerland, from prenatal care, when you plan your birth and attend educational classes, to giving birth and finally postnatal care, which ensures a safe transition for new mothers.
Registering a birth in Switzerland
Once your baby is born, it must be registered with the Swiss authorities. Registering a birth is usually done automatically and is essential in order to claim social security and Swiss citizenship for your child.
Swiss birth certificate
Once you have registered the birth of your child, you will receive a birth certificate. You will need this document for a number of administrative processes and especially if you want to apply for citizenship for your child in Switzerland or abroad. It is also important to know how to reclaim one when it is lost.
Childcare types in Switzerland
If you are a parent of a young child or have a child on the way, it is recommended to secure a place at a childcare facility as soon as possible. There are many types of childcare in Switzerland to suit different needs (some, for instance, offer services in English), and all are typically in high demand. Childcare bridges the gap between early childhood and entry into the school system.