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The International Recovery of Maintenance (Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance 2007) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

These Regulations, which come into force on exit day (ie 29 March 2019 at 11 pm), are made in exercise of the powers in section 8(1) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 in order to address failures of retained EU law to operate effectively and other deficiencies (in particular under section 8(2)(e)) arising from the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

These Regulations make amendments to legislation in the field of private international law, relating to the Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance, done at The Hague on 23 November 2007 ("the 2007 Hague Convention"). The UK has applied the 2007 Hague Convention since 1 August 2014 by virtue of the EU's conclusion of that Convention, and thus it will cease to apply to the UK on exit day. These Regulations retain the directly effective rights and obligations etc derived from the 2007 Hague Convention in domestic law in the UK, both in relation to maintenance obligations and requests for maintenance that will lose the benefit of the Convention upon exit day, and in relation to maintenance obligations and requests for maintenance to which the 2007 Hague Convention will once again apply when the UK ratifies that convention in its own right.

Part 2 identifies the rights, powers, liabilities, obligations, restrictions, remedies and procedures which are derived from the 2007 Hague Convention and recognised in domestic law by virtue of section 4 of the European Union Withdrawal Act 2018 ("the section 4 rights"). That Part further makes provision regarding how the section 4 rights are to apply to maintenance obligations and requests arising before exit day, those arising after exit day but before the 2007 Hague Convention again enters into force for the UK, and to those to which the 2007 Hague Convention will apply in accordance with the provisions of Article 56 of that Convention when the Convention again enters into force for the UK.

Part 3 makes modifications in relation to primary and secondary legislation relating to the 2007 Hague Convention, applying it to the section 4 rights as they apply to maintenance obligations and requests arising before exit day, and those arising after exit day but before the 2007 Hague Convention again enters into force for the UK.

Part 4 revokes retained direct EU legislation consisting of two Council Decisions relating to the signature and conclusion of the 2007 Hague Convention by the EU.

For the regulations, click here.

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