The case concerned a girl born in 1990 in Germany to a German mother and French father. The father had acknowledged paternity four years after her birth. At that time, the mother and child lived in Germany and the father in France. From late 1997 to late 1998 at least, the mother and child lived in Luxembourg.
The Luxembourg Public Prosecutor’s Office referred to the wardship court an application to grant the father a right of access to his child. The wardship court held on 30 June 1999 that it had jurisdiction, and on 24 November 1999, ordered a resumption of contacts between the father and his daughter through a professional. The mother appealed against both those rulings; the father appealed against the November ruling.