iSupport - New successful EU Action Grant application

The Permanent Bureau of the HCCH is pleased to announce a new successful EU Action Grant application for iSupport. This new project will be called iSupport ITMF (International Transfer of Maintenance Funds), as it will aim at establishing a link between the iSupport software and bank accounts held by Central Authorities. The project will rely on guidance provided by the Experts’ Group on...

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New Zealand ratifies Child Support Convention

The Permanent Bureau has been informed that on 23 July 2021, New Zealand deposited its instrument of ratification of the Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance (Child Support Convention). With the ratification of New Zealand, 42 states and the European Union are bound by the Child Support Convention. It will enter into...

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Meeting of the Administrative Cooperation Working Group

The Administrative Cooperation Working Group (ACWG) on the Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance (2007 Child Support Convention) met on 10 and 11 May 2021 via videoconference. The meeting was attended by over 60 participants representing 20 Members, two Observers and members of the Permanent Bureau. As recommended by...

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Child Support Convention enters into force for Serbia

Today, 1 February 2021, the HCCH Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance (Child Support Convention) entered into force for the Republic of Serbia, following the deposit of its instrument of ratification on 23 October 2020. At present, 41 States and the European Union are bound by the Child Support Convention. More...

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Now available in all EU languages: Practical Handbook on 2007 Child Support Convention, Protocol, and 2009 EU Regulation

The Permanent Bureau is pleased to announce the publication of translations, in all European Union (EU) languages, of the Practical Handbook for Competent Authorities on the 2007 Child Support Convention, the 2007 Maintenance Obligations Protocol, and the 2009 EU Maintenance Regulation. The Handbook, originally published in English, French, and Romanian, was jointly developed by the HCCH, the...

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Continuing application of the Choice of Court Convention and Child Support Convention for the United Kingdom

After the conclusion of the transition period following the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union, the United Kingdom continues to be bound by the HCCH Convention of 30 June 2005 on Choice of Court Agreements (Choice of Court Convention) and the HCCH Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other...

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Meeting of the Administrative Cooperation Working Group on the Child Support Convention

From 14 to 17 December 2020, the Administrative Cooperation Working Group (ACWG) on the Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance (2007 Child Support Convention) met via videoconference. The meeting was attended by 60 participants representing 20 Members, one Observer, and members of the Permanent Bureau. As recommended by...

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Serbia ratifies the Child Support Convention

Today, 23 October 2020, the Republic of Serbia deposited its instrument of ratification of the HCCH Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance (Child Support Convention). With the ratification of Serbia, 41 States and the European Union are bound by the Child Support Convention. It will enter into force for Serbia on 1...

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United Kingdom joins 2005 Choice of Court and 2007 Child Support Conventions

On 28 September 2020, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland deposited its instrument of accession to the HCCH Convention of 30 June 2005 on Choice of Court Agreements (2005 Choice of Court Convention) and its instrument of ratification to the HCCH Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance (2007 Child...

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