Family relationships also include distant relatives, namely descendants and ancestors in a direct line. It does not concern siblings who are relatives in the Branch Council.

The criterion for determining the right to maintenance among other relatives is the "necessary need", as opposed to the right of parents to ensure the "nutrition of adequate" nutrition of mandatory children.

The maintenance obligation of the offspring precedes the maintenance obligations of the ancestors and the maintenance obligation of closer relatives precedes the maintenance obligation of distant relatives. Each of the relatives at the same stage fulfils the maintenance obligation to the extent that it corresponds to the ratio of his ability and property to the ability and the property ratio of other relatives.