08: Convention of 24 October 1956 on the law applicable to maintenance obligations towards children

Entry into force: 1-I-1962


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Last update: 6-III-2009
Number of Contracting Parties to this Convention: 14
The expression “Contracting Party” covers both cases in which the Convention has, and cases in which the Convention has not yet, entered into force for that Party following the deposit of its instrument of ratification, accession, acceptance or approval (see column EIF in the chart).


Contracting Parties to this Convention that are also Members of the HCCH (i.e., the Organisation) are in bold; Contracting Parties that are not Members of the HCCH are in italics.

Contracting Party S 1 R/A/S2 Type3 EIF4 EXT5 Auth6 Res/D/N/DC7
Austria 24-X-1956 24-VI-1959 R 1-I-1962
Belgium 17-X-1969 26-VIII-1970 R 24-X-1970 D 2
China, People's Republic of C N
France 24-X-1956 2-V-1963 R 1-VII-1963 N 9
Germany 26-VIII-1959 2-XI-1961 R 1-I-1962
Greece 24-X-1956
Italy 8-X-1958 22-II-1961 R 1-I-1962 D 2
Japan 10-II-1977 22-VII-1977 R 19-IX-1977
Liechtenstein 2-VI-1972 A 18-II-1973 D
Luxembourg 24-X-1956 27-VIII-1958 R 1-I-1962 D 2
Netherlands 24-X-1956 15-X-1962 R 14-XII-1962 1 D
Norway 24-X-1956
Portugal 7-I-1958 6-XII-1968 R 3-II-1969 N
Spain 24-X-1956 27-III-1974 R 25-V-1974
Switzerland 4-VII-1963 18-XI-1964 R 17-I-1965 D 2
Turkey 10-VI-1970 28-II-1972 R 27-IV-1972 D 2

1) S = Signature
2) R/A/Su = Ratification, Accession or Succession
3) Type = R: Ratification;

A: Accession;
A*: Accession giving rise to an acceptance procedure; click on A* for details of acceptances of the accession;
C: Continuation;
Su: Succession;
Den: Denunciation;

4) EIF = Entry into force
5) EXT = Extensions of application
6) Authorities per Convention = Designation of Authorities
7) Res/D/N/DC = Reservations, declarations, notifications or depositary communications