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The 2007 Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and other forms of Family Maintenance will shortly come into force in the UK and the rest of the EU (except for Denmark). While the Convention will not apply between EU Member States (the EU Maintenance Regulation will apply instead), it will apply to the recovery of maintenance between EU Member States and non-EU Convention States, for example, the USA once they have ratified. It also replaces previous Hague and UN conventions on maintenance where the subject matter and scope coincide. The Convention is intended to produce a simpler, quicker and more effective global system of reciprocal enforcement.
By Daniel Eames, Partner, Clarke Willmott LP
The full version of this article appears in the March 2013 issue of International Family Law.
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