Belgium has a new law on affiliation. It was enacted on March 31, 1987, and replaced the existing provisions in Book I, Title VII, of the Civil Code. The new provisions are contained in articles 312 including 341 of the Civil Code. The parent-child relationship has, however, further ramifications in other parts of the Civil Code dealing with certificates of the civil status, missing persons, marriage, divorce, parental authority, minority, guardianship and emancipation, successions, and gifts inter vivos and wills, which were also amended to reflect the new concepts. Further necessary modifications were made in the Judiciary Code, the Criminal Code, and in some other existing legislative texts. The new legislation also has extensive transitory provisions. In addition, the pertinent modifications affecting adoption were made in the Law of April 27, 1987, Modifying Several Legal Provisions Concerning Adoption, and a new law, the Law of May 20, 1987, Concerning the Abandonment of Minor Children, further improved the standing of children.