Right to access to a child of a distant relative

OLG Celle Senat for family matters, resolution of November 27, 2015, 10 WF 303/15

"The requirements for the determination of a social-family relationship according to § 1685 para. 2 sentence 1 German Civil Code are less, if only the contact to this distant relative (great-aunt) can safeguard the child’s essential contact with his family of origin."

OLG Celle has ruled that the great-aunt has a right to access to a child. The respective child had spent regular periods at her household, without its parents being present.

She was therefore a person of attachment in the sense of § 1685 para. 2 sentence 1 BGB. Moreover, it was borne in mind that the applicant is possibly the only contact the child will ever have with his father's family of origin, because the father was sentenced to prison for several years for the homicide of the mother.

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