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International Family Law

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25 MAY 2012

Recognition and enforcement of children orders across Europe

David Hodson


Brussels II (BII) has simplified the recognition and enforcement of children orders across the European Union (EU) and made contact and return orders automatically recognised and enforceable. An order or judgment ‘in a member state shall be recognised in the other member states without any special procedure being required'.

Across the EU, children orders are now automatically recognised, and enforced by obtaining a declaration of enforceability known as exequatur. In the UK the process is known as ‘registration'. This is a considerable improvement on the previous arrangements.


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