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Can a court in England and Wales make an attachment of earnings order in relation to a party who is employed in Singapore? What is the process to enforce an order made in this jurisdiction via Reciprocal Enforcement of Maintenance Order or the Lord Chancellor where a defaulting party resides and works in Singapore?

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Published on LexisPSL on 10/01/2018

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  • Can a court in England and Wales make an attachment of earnings order in relation to a party who is employed in Singapore? What is the process to enforce an order made in this jurisdiction via Reciprocal Enforcement of Maintenance Order or the Lord Chancellor where a defaulting party resides and works in Singapore?

Can a court in England and Wales make an attachment of earnings order in relation to a party who is employed in Singapore? What is the process to enforce an order made in this jurisdiction via Reciprocal Enforcement of Maintenance Order or the Lord Chancellor where a defaulting party resides and works in Singapore?

In England and Wales, the provisions as to an attachment of earnings order are set out in the Attachment of Earnings Act 1971 and the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), SI 2010/2955, Pt 39. Both provisions appear to be silent as to enforcement against an overseas employer and overseas earnings by the method of attachment of earnings. It would appear, therefore, that the appropriate method of enforcing a maintenance order made in this jurisdiction against a debtor working and living in another jurisdiction is via the Reciprocal Enforcement of Maintenance Order (REMO) process, and that attachment of earnings as a method of enforcement applies only to a debtor

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