Brazil Signs and Ratifies the 2007 Hague Child Support Convention and 2007 Hague Maintenance Protocol

On Monday 17 July 2017, Brazil signed and deposited the instruments of ratification of the Hague Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance (2007 Child Support Convention) and the Hague Protocol of 23 November 2007 on the Law Applicable to Maintenance Obligations (2007 Maintenance Protocol). The Convention and the Protocol will enter into force for Brazil on 1 November 2017. Brazil becomes the 36th State to have ratified or acceded to the 2007 Child Support Convention, or which is bound by the Convention as a result of an approval by a Regional Economic Integration Organisation (REIO); in addition, the Convention is also in force of one REIO. Brazil also becomes the 29th State to have ratified or acceded to the 2007 Maintenance Protocol, or which is bound by this Protocol as a result of an approval by an REIO; in addition the Protocol is also in force of one REIO.

At the ceremony, which took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands (i.e. the Depositary), Her Excellency Mrs Regina Maria Cordeiro Dunlop and First Secretary Mrs Fabiana Arazini Garcia Kanadoglu  represented the Embassy of Brazil. On behalf of the Depositary, Ms Coos ‘t Hoen, Head of the Treaties Division  and Mr Mark Groen, Senior Legal Officer, Treaties Division also attended the ceremony. Secretary General Mr Christophe Bernasconi represented the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH).

Brazil has been a Member of HCCH since 2001, and is now a Contracting State to one Hague Protocol and six Hague Conventions, the other five being the Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents, the Convention of 18 March 1970 on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters, the Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, the Convention of 25 October on International Access to Justice, and the Convention of 29 May 1993 on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption.