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Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany


Article 6 (1) Marriage and the family shall enjoy the special protection of the state. (...) (3) Children may be separated from their families against the will of their parents or guardians only pursuant to a law, and only if the parents or guardians fail in their duties or the children are otherwise in danger of serious neglect. (4) Every mother shall be entitled to the protection and care of the community. (...)