The search tool below will help you to identify court(s)/authority(ies) competent for a specific European legal instrument. Please note that although every effort has been made to ascertain the accuracy of the results, there may be some exceptional cases concerning the determination of competence that are not necessarily covered.
The names, addresses and means of communication for the central authorities designated pursuant to Article 53:
Bundesamt für Justiz
Zentrale Behörde - Adenauerallee 99 – 103
Tel: +49 228 410 5212
Fax: +49 228 410 5401
The languages accepted for communications to central authorities pursuant to Article 57(2): German and English.
The languages accepted for the certificate concerning rights of access and return of the child pursuant to Article 45(2): German.
The applications provided for by Articles 21 and 29 shall be submitted to the following courts:
- in Germany:
- in the district of the Kammergericht (Berlin), the Familiengericht, Pankow/Weissensee.
- in the districts of the Oberlandesgerichte Braunschweig, Celle and Oldenburg, to the Familiengericht Celle.
- in the districts of the remaining Oberlandesgerichte, to the Familiengericht ocated at the seat of the respective Oberlandesgericht.
The appeal provided for by Article 33 shall be lodged with the following courts:
- in Germany, the Oberlandesgericht.
The appeals provided for in Article 34 may be brought only:
- in Germany, by a Rechtsbeschwerde.
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