Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Albert II is not Delphine Boel's legal father
A Brussels court ruled today that Jacques Boel's acceptance that he is not Delphine Boel's natural father, is "unfounded," and Delphine Boel's case, seeking acknowledgement that King Albert II is her legal father is "inadmissible."
Thus, Albert, who had a long term relationship with Delphine's mother, Sybille de Selys Longchamp, is not Delphine's legal father. A DNA test proved that Jacques Boel is not her biological father.
Sybille and King Albert began a relationship in 1966, lasting until 1984. It was not until 1999, when a biographer named Delphine as Albert's natural child. Later that year, the king acknowledged that he and Queen Paola had marital problems in the 1960s and 1970s, but he would never acknowledge that Delphine was his daughter.
The Court argued that the "tie of filiation is not reduced to biological data." There are other essential elements, including a child's integration into a family structure.
The Court also acknowledged that the long period of affection - parent and child - between Jacques and Delphine -- demonstrated the role of filiation in Belgian civil law. Miss Boel was unable to satisfy the burden of proof despite the fact that Jacques Boel is not her biological father.
Miss Boel's lawyer said that the judgment is a "disappointment, but a momentary disappointment." Her lawyer added that "You can lose battles, but win the war, and I'm determined to win this war, especially as this decision seems to me in many ways to be questionable."
An request for an appeal will be filed in the next few days.