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United Kingdom joins 2007 Child Support Convention

On 28 September 2020, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland deposited 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 Support Convention).

The United Kingdom is currently bound by the 2007 Child Support Convention by virtue of the approval of the European Union. This new instrument of ratification ensures continuity in the application of the Convention after the conclusion of the transition period following the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU. The Convention will continue to be applicable to and in the United Kingdom until 31 December 2020, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement. The 2007 Child Support Convention will then enter into force for the United Kingdom on 1 January 2021.

The United Kingdom has been a Member of the HCCH since 1955 and is currently bound by 13 HCCH Conventions. Currently, 40 States and the EU are bound by the 2007 Child Support Convention.

For more details of the 2007 Child Support Convention, click here.