The Permanent Bureau would like to take this opportunity to express its gratitude to the Government of Norway and to Alphinat Inc. for funding the e-Country Profile.
A Contracting State may use the Country Profile to fulfil its obligations to provide information to the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law under the Hague Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and other Forms of Family Maintenance (see Art. 57(2)).
The Country Profile comprises two stages. Stage 1 includes information provided through a series of tick boxes as required under Articles 4(3), 6(3) and 57 of the Convention and other information necessary for the implementation of the Convention. Stage 2 includes additional information, in narrative form, necessary for the implementation of the Convention and the fulfilment of the requirements of Article 57.
The Country Profile is a standardised document that is available for States to complete, view, and update electronically. The Country Profile is intended to facilitate:
a) timely compliance with the obligations of the Convention with a minimum of administrative effort;
b) information exchange between Contracting States;
c) cost-effective translation of the information provided by Contracting States into English, French, Spanish, and other languages as required by Contracting States;
d) accurate and prompt case processing by well-informed caseworkers;
e) knowledgeable service to applicants under the Convention; and
f) prompt updates of the information provided.
The Country Profile is based on the final text of the Hague Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and other Forms of Family Maintenance as agreed at the Twenty-First Session of the Hague Conference on Private International Law.
The Country Profile is designed to reflect an implementation of the Convention where no declarations or reservations have been made in relation to the compulsory scope of the Convention. Declarations and reservations to the Convention can be found on the Hague Conference website (< www.hcch.net >).