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Brussels Court of Appeal orders King Albert II to submit to paternity test

Brussels' Court of Appeal rules that Jacques Boël is not the father of Delphine Boël and orders Albert II to submit to a DNA test to answer claims he fathered an illegitimate child.

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Peeters Law's Alain De Jonge, Marc Uyttendaele and Yves-Henri Leleu, legal counsel to Delphine Boël, have announced that the Brussels Court of Appeal has ruled in their client's favour. The former king Albert II must now undergo DNA testing.

Belgian artist Delphine Boël has long maintained that she is the illegitimate daughter of Albert II, resulting from a long-term affair with her mother Baroness Sybille de Selys Longchamps many years ago. After all amicable attempts to establish paternity failed, Delphine decided to go through the courts, assisted by Brussels law firm member Peeters Law.

The court ruling, dated 25 October 2018, concluded definitively that Jacques Boël is neither Delphine's biological nor legal father. 

Consequently, the former king now has three months to complete DNA testing with an expert at ULB Erasme hospital. While an appeal can be filed with the Supreme Court (Cour de cassation) against the decision regarding the dispute of filiation, it is not possible to appeal against the ruling that requires the DNA assessment.

The ruling represents a significant step forward in what has been a lengthy and difficult process for Delphine to establish paternity, both for her own sake and for that of her children.

Delphine's legal team are extremely happy with this decision which they say clearly affirms the principle that it is the interests of the child that should always remain the priority. 

For more information about this case

Contact Alain De Jonge at Peeters Law in Brussels. 

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