The 2007 Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance
The 2007 Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance

The following Family practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • The 2007 Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance
  • Origin
  • Contracting states
  • Relationship with the EU Maintenance Regulation
  • Terminology
  • Aims
  • Scope
  • Functions of the central authorities
  • The Reciprocal Enforcement of Maintenance Orders Unit
  • Jurisdiction
  • More...

The Hague Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance (2007 Hague Convention) is intended to provide a simple, quick and efficient system for the reciprocal enforcement of family maintenance between contracting states.

As of 31 January 2020 (exit day), the UK ceased to be an EU Member State and no longer participates in the political institutions and governance structures of the EU. However, in accordance with the transitional arrangements provided for in Part 4 of the Withdrawal Agreement, exit day marks the commencement of an 11-month implementation period (from 11 pm on exit day until 11 pm on 31 December 2020 (implementation period (IP) completion day) during which the UK and EU agreed that the UK is to be treated as a Member State for the purposes of international agreements, including the 2007 Hague Convention. Maintenance obligations and requests on or after exit day are dealt with in the International Recovery of Maintenance (Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance 2007) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018, SI 2018/1125, reg 6.

On 28 September 2020, the UK deposited its instrument of ratification to the 2007 Hague Convention, to ensure continuity after IP completion day, and the Convention will enter into force for the UK on 1 January 2021. See LNB News

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