The UK has formally joined the Hague Convention on International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance. This international treaty provides a legal mechanism for child support orders made in one country to be recognised and enforced in others, so parents cannot dodge their responsibilities by relocating abroad.
The move follows Britain’s departure from the European Union. The UK is currently a participant in the Convention via our membership of the EU but this will cease to be the case on 31 December, at the end of the continuity period following our withdrawal. On 1 January, Britain will become one of 14 independent members.
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