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Thursday, April 21, 2011

EU Children & Maintenance

From Gozo

Under a new Convention signed by the EU, the American authorities would cooperate with those in Europe to make sure the father fulfils his obligations and the child still gets support.

The Hague Maintenance Convention sets up a worldwide system for recovering child support and other family maintenance payments. It creates a common legal framework between the EU and non-EU countries, so that authorities cooperate in enforcing maintenance claims and debtors can no longer escape by leaving the EU. It also provides for free legal assistance in international child support cases. The Convention complements the EU’s own rules on recognising and enforcing maintenance decisions, which will apply from 18 June 2011.

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This is a huge step in the right direction. We need tighter laws that enforce inter-country child support obligations.

Posted by: Divorce Attorneys Tulsa | Aug 31, 2011 7:08:33 PM

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