New Zealand signs the HCCH 2007 Child Support Convention

On 26 November 2019, New Zealand signed the HCCH Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance (Child Support Convention). The next step for the Child Support Convention to enter into force in New Zealand is ratification, pursuant to Arts 58 and 60. More information on the Convention, which currently binds 41 parties, is...

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30th Anniversary of the UNCRC

Today, 20 November 2019, marks the 30th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).  Recognising the importance of this milestone in the development of children’s rights, the HCCH also wishes to recall the role played by the following HCCH Children’s Conventions and Protocol in the day-to-day implementation of the UNCRC worldwide:  ...

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iSupport – new EU grant

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 ISD (Information, Statistics and Design), as it will aim to provide better information for parties and caseworkers, facilitate the production of statistics for Central Authorities and modernise the design of the software. iSupport is an...

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Meeting of the Experts’ Group on International Transfer of Maintenance Funds

From 16 to 18 September 2019, the Experts’ Group on International Transfer of Maintenance Funds met at the Permanent Bureau (PB) of the HCCH in The Hague. The meeting was attended by 19 experts as well as members of the PB. The experts represented 11 States, the European Union, the National Child Support Enforcement Association (USA) and the financial sector. Participants discussed good...

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The 2007 Child Support Convention enters into force for Kazakhstan

Today, the HCCH Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance (“Child Support Convention”) enters into force for Kazakhstan, following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 6 June 2017. The 2007 Child Support Convention currently has 41 Contracting Parties (incl. REIOs and States bound as a result of...

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Volume XXIII of the Judges’ Newsletter (Winter 2018-Spring 2019)

The Permanent Bureau is pleased to announce the publication of Volume XXIII of the Judges’ Newsletter (Winter 2018-Spring 2019)  with a Special Focus on “The 20th Anniversary of the International Hague Network of Judges (IHNJ)” which was celebrated on the occasion of the 3rd IHNJ Global Meeting held in Miami from 24 until 26 October 2018. This “Anniversary”...

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Nicaragua accedes to the 2007 Child Support Convention

Today, the Permanent Bureau (PB) was informed that on 8 March 2019 Nicaragua had deposited its instrument of accession to the HCCH Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance (“Child Support Convention”). This brings the number of Contracting Parties to 41 (incl. REIOs and States bound as a result of approval by an...

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International Symposium on Family Mediation in Singapore

On 29 March 2019, the Family Mediation Symposium convened at the Auditorium of the Supreme Court of Singapore. The Symposium brought together more than 130 experts and practitioners in the field of family mediation to discuss issues and challenges in mediating family disputes, both in a domestic and in a cross-border context. This event, a joint collaboration between the Family Justice Courts of...

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Guyana accedes to the Intercountry Adoption Convention and the Child Support Convention

On 6 March 2019, during the meeting of the Council on General Affairs and Policy, the Depositary informed Council that on 5 February 2019, Guyana had deposited its instrument of accession to the HCCH Convention of 29 May 1993 on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Intercountry Adoption Convention), making it the 100th Contracting Party to the...

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Conference of Hague Convention Network Judges celebrating the 20th anniversary of the International Hague Network of Judges

From 24 to 26 October 2018, on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the International Hague Network of Judges (“IHNJ”), Members of the IHNJ from over 30 jurisdictions, experts from the Central Authority of the United States of America (“USCA”), Reunite, private practice, and the Permanent Bureau (PB) of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH), met at...

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