24: Convention of 2 October 1973 on the Law Applicable to Maintenance Obligations

Entry into force: 1-X-1977


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Last update: 9-I-2013
Number of Contracting Parties to this Convention: 15
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
Albania 29-VIII-2011 A 1-XI-2011
Belgium 9-XI-1976
Estonia 22-X-2001 A 1-I-2002
France 18-XII-1973 19-VII-1977 R 1-X-1977
Germany 31-I-1983 28-I-1987 R 1-IV-1987 Res 15
Greece 25-VI-2003 25-VI-2003 R 1-IX-2003 Res 14
Italy 6-II-1975 2-X-1981 R 1-I-1982 Res 15
Japan 28-II-1986 5-VI-1986 R 1-IX-1986
Lithuania 11-VI-2001 A 1-IX-2001 Res 15
Luxembourg 2-X-1973 13-X-1981 R 1-I-1982 Res 14,15
Netherlands 2-X-1973 12-XII-1980 R 1-III-1981 4 N,Res 15
Poland 13-II-1996 A 1-V-1996 Res 14,15
Portugal 10-X-1973 17-XII-1975 R 1-X-1977 Res 14,15
Spain 26-X-1982 4-VII-1986 R 1-X-1986 Res 24
Switzerland 23-VII-1975 18-V-1976 R 1-X-1977 Res 15
Turkey 2-X-1973 23-VIII-1983 R 1-XI-1983 Res 14,15

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