Genève pratique

Practical Geneva


Marriage & Birth

If you are planning to get married in Geneva, while preparing the event, don't forget the usual formalities:

Marriage procedure in the Republic and Canton of Geneva (in French).

Conditions and effects of civil marriage and registered partnership, as well as the places of celebration in the city of Geneva.

Frequently asked questions about marriage on the website of the Federal Office of Justice (FOJ): from the preparation of the necessary documents to the costs (in French).

Excerpt from the Swiss Civil Code concerning Family Law: Marriage.


The announcement of the birth of your child is compulsory. Information and procedures for parents residing in the Republic and Canton of Geneva (in French).
Procedure for registering a birth with the competent civil registry office on the site of the City of Geneva.


Where to give birth in Geneva (maternity, clinic, home, birth centre) in French.

Maternity Hospital of «Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève (HUG)».

Sexual Health and Family Planning Unit (USSPF) from HUG is a free, confidential public service, which helps to promote quality of life, the health of individuals, couples and families, at different stages in emotional, interpersonal and sexual life.

Midwives to support, inform and advise you during and after your pregnancy.

L'Institution Genevoise de Maintien à Domicile (imad) for mother and child health As soon as a child is born, you may receive a home visit from a nurse specializing in maternal and child health, who will provide help, advice and support in your role as a parent (in French).
Breastfeeding information for mothers from the Geneva Infant Feeding Association (GIFA)
Maternity leave
Information note on the conditions for maternity leave on the website of the Swiss Mission to the UNOG
Protection de la maternité: FAQ in French (State Secretariat for Economic Affairs - SECO)



Hôpitaux Universitaire de Genève

Association des Cliniques Privées de Genève


A service of the Confederation, cantons and communes



Guide Scocial Romand
joint project of the French-speaking cantons


Memento on Marriage in Switzerland,
document in several languages


Notaries in Geneva
A guide for foreign residents in Geneva