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EC Maintenance Regulation comes into force this week

“Familiarity with the Regulation is an absolute must” says leading family lawyer

Council Regulation (EC) No 4/2009 on jurisdiction, applicable law, recognition and enforcement of decisions and cooperation in matters relating to maintenance obligations ("the Maintenance Regulation") will come into force on 18 June 2011. It will be directly effective in English law and will apply to all 27 EU Member States (with a few modifications for some countries).

Click here for the full text of the Regulation.

The Maintenance Regulation is directed to family law maintenance and the situations when cross-border maintenance orders are to be enforced.  It is intended to enable a maintenance creditor to obtain easily, in one Member State, a decision which will automatically be enforceable in another Member State without further formalities such as registration.

A leading partner in a national law firm commented, "familiarity with the Maintenance Regulation is absolutely essential. There is huge scope for negligence through ignorance."

For a detailed explanation of the provisions and impact of the Regulation read the article by Eleri Jones published in Family Law Week today.

David Salter, partner and joint head of Family Law at Mills & Reeve LLP will be presenting a podcast on the implications of the Regulation and this will be available to Family Law Week online CPD subscribers.