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Continuing application of the Choice of Court Convention and Child Support Convention for the United Kingdom

After the conclusion of the transition period following the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union, the United Kingdom continues to be bound by the HCCH Convention of 30 June 2005 on Choice of Court Agreements (Choice of Court Convention) and the HCCH Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance (Child Support Convention).

The United Kingdom has been bound by the Choice of Court Convention since 1 October 2015 and the Child Support Convention since 1 August 2014. On 28 September 2020, to ensure continuity in their application following its withdrawal from the European Union, the United Kingdom deposited an instrument of accession to the Choice of Court Convention and an instrument of ratification of the Child Support Convention. These instruments took effect on 1 January 2021. For more information, see the Status Table of the Choice of Court Convention and the Status Table of the Child Support Convention.

At present, 31 States and the EU are bound by the Choice of Court Convention, while 41 States and the EU are bound by the Child Support Convention. More information on these Conventions is available on the Choice of Court Section and Child Support Section of the HCCH website.

The United Kingdom has been a Member of the HCCH since 1955 and is a Contracting Party to 13 HCCH Conventions.

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