NELFA legal service

Many LGBTIQ* parents and children are still deprived of their rights. Not only at a national level, but also when it comes to free movement rights within the European Union. EU citizens and their family members should be able to cross borders without losing their rights (Directive 2004/38/EC). Practice, however, has shown that many rainbow families have mayor problems to move. NELFA and its allies want to support you with your legal struggles!

In September 2018, NELFA has started a case collection of rainbow families in cross-border struggles (freedom of movement). It is updated on a regular basis (January 2020). If you have your own experiences and struggles, please share them with us and write an Email to:!

In spring 2019, our friends from ILGA-Europe just started a new blog concerning the important Coman case judgment at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg (June 2018). You will find very useful information about your freedom of movement and how to start a complaint whenever you face difficulties. NELFA is monitoring the legal situation in Europe – so please, keep us in Cc (!

NELFA supports several interventions at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. In July 2019, we contributed to written comments in A.D.-K. and Others v. Poland. The document was elaborated by Professor Robert Wintemute. It’s about the recognition of a British birth certificate (stating two mothers) in Poland. Furthermore, NELFA and other NGOs (led by the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights) submitted a joint amicus curiae brief in a case concerning the citizenship for children of a gay couple (Schlittner-Hay v. Poland). And finally, ILGA-Europe and others like NELFA sent third party interventions in A.S. v. Poland (later withdrawn) and X. v. Poland. In both cases, mothers lost their custody rights because of their lesbian relationships. Read more here. (photo:

In July 2019, NELFA has started its legal support group. This is mainly a mailing list of activists, legal experts and LGBTIQ* family lawyers. Whenever rainbow families face legal difficulties, we will be able to contact high-level insiders. Just write us: By the way: NELFA works closely together with Euro FLI, a network of LGBTIQ* family lawyers. Read the press release here.

NELFA’s individual member Alina Tryfonidou (Professor at University of Reading/UK) analysed the Coman case judgment. Her report (January 2019) deals with the positive outcome for rainbow families, but also points out some important limitations. (photo: Alina Tryfonidou)


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