A child should be able to have four parents. Parents should be able to draw contracts, detailing the competencies of each parent, financial responsibilities, or even the child’s surname.

That is one of 68 recommendations of a “committee for the reassessment of parenthood” commissioned by the Dutch government over 2,5 years ago.

The initial assessment is that multiple-parenthood is, de facto, common. Divorced parents forming a new household, Rainbow families, and single parents have reached...

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