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Can I Enforce a UK Child Maintenance Order If My Ex Lives Abroad – REMO?

Where a non-resident parent lives abroad, it can be possible to seek the payment of child maintenance through a reciprocal enforcement of maintenance order (REMO). A REMO can also be used in respect of the overseas income of a non-resident parent who is habitually resident in the UK.  The UK has REMO arrangements with over a 100 countries. The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper which considers child maintenance cases where a non-resident parent or person with care lives overseas.

The Official Solicitor has published a list of countries where parents can apply to enforce or change a child maintenance decision made in UK courts. This list is set out below with a description of the relevant convention.

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CountriesConventions
ALBANIAHAGUE 2007
ALGERIAUN
ANGUILLACOMMONWEALTH – PART 1
ANTIGUACOMMONWEALTH – 1920
AUSTRIAEU Regulation 4/2009
AUSTRALIA   (Will trace if the Territory is known)
 AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY + #HAGUE, UN, COMMONWEALTH – PART 1
 COCOS (KEELING) ISLANDSHAGUE, UN, COMMONWEALTH 1920
 GILBERT AND ELLICE ISLANDSHAGUE, UN, COMMONWEALTH 1920
 NEW SOUTH WALES +HAGUE, UN, COMMONWEALTH – PART 1
 NORTHERN TERRITORY +HAGUE, UN, COMMONWEALTH – PART 1
 QUEENSLAND +HAGUE, UN, COMMONWEALTH – PART 1
 SOUTH AUSTRALIA +HAGUE, UN, COMMONWEALTH – PART 1
 TASMANIA +HAGUE, UN, COMMONWEALTH – PART 1
 TERRITORY OF CHRISTMAS ISLANDHAGUE, UN, COMMONWEALTH 1920
 VICTORIA +HAGUE, UN, COMMONWEALTH – PART 1
 WESTERN AUSTRALIA +HAGUE, UN, COMMONWEALTH – PART 1
BAHAMASCOMMONWEALTH 1920
BARBADOSCOMMONWEALTH – PART 1
BELIZECOMMONWEALTH 1920
BELGIUMEU Regulation 4/2009
BERMUDACOMMONWEALTH – PART 1
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINAHAGUE 2007
BOTSWANACOMMONWEALTH 1920
BRAZILUN
BRITISH SOLOMON ISLANDSCOMMONWEALTH 1920
BRUNEICOMMONWEALTH – PART 1
BULGARIAEU Regulation 4/2009
BURKINA FASOUN
CANADA   (Will trace if the province is known)
ALBERTA#COMMONWEALTH – PART 1
BRITISH COLUMBIACOMMONWEALTH – PART 1
MANITOBA #COMMONWEALTH – PART 1
NEW BRUNSWICK *COMMONWEALTH – PART 1
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADORCOMMONWEALTH – PART 1
NORTHWEST TERRITORIES *COMMONWEALTH – PART 1
NOVA SCOTIA +COMMONWEALTH – PART 1
NUNAVUTCOMMONWEALTH – PART 1
ONTARIOCOMMONWEALTH – PART 1
PRINCE EDWARD ISLANDCOMMONWEALTH – PART 1
SASKATCHEWAN #COMMONWEALTH – PART 1
YUKON TERRITORYCOMMONWEALTH 1920
CAPE VERDEUN
CAYMAN ISLANDSCOMMONWEALTH 1920
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLICUN
CHILEUN
CROATIAEU Regulation 4/2009
CZECH REPUBLICEU Regulation 4/2009
CYPRUS (Northern Cyprus – see Turkey)EU Regulation 4/2009
DENMARKEU Regulation 4/2009
DOMINICACOMMONWEALTH 1920
ECUADORUN
ESTONIAEU Regulation 4/2009
FALKLAND ISLANDS & DEPENDENCIESCOMMONWEALTH – PART 1
FIJICOMMONWEALTH – PART 1
FINLANDEU Regulation 4/2009
FRANCEEU Regulation 4/2009
GAMBIACOMMONWEALTH 1920
GERMANYEU Regulation 4/2009
GHANA *COMMONWEALTH – PART 1
GIBRALTARCOMMONWEALTH – PART 1
GREECEEU Regulation 4/2009
GRENADACOMMONWEALTH 1920
GUATEMALAUN
GUYANACOMMONWEALTH 1920
GUERNSEYCOMMONWEALTH 1920
HAITIUN
HOLY SEEUN
HONG KONGCOMMONWEALTH – PART 1
HUNGARYEU Regulation 4/2009
ICELANDLUGANO
INDIA *COMMONWEALTH – PART 1
IRELAND – The Republic ofEU Regulation 4/2009
ISLE OF MANCOMMONWEALTH – PART 1
ISRAELUN
ITALYEU Regulation 4/2009
JAMAICACOMMONWEALTH 1920
JERSEYCOMMONWEALTH – PART 1
KENYA *COMMONWEALTH – PART 1
KIRIBATICOMMONWEALTH – PART 1
LATVIAEU Regulation 4/2009
LESOTHOCOMMONWEALTH 1920
LITHUANIAEU Regulation 4/2009
LUXEMBOURGEU Regulation 4/2009
MACEDONIA (Excluding Yugoslavian Republic)UN
MALAWICOMMONWEALTH 1920
MALAYSIATo be confirmed
MALTAEU Regulation 4/2009
MAURITIUSTo be confirmed
MEXICOUN
MONACOUN
MONTENEGROHAGUE 2007
MONTSERRATCOMMONWEALTH 1920
MOROCCOUN
NAURACOMMONWEALTH – PART 1
NETHERLANDSEU Regulation 4/2009
NEW ZEALAND #   (Will trace)COMMONWEALTH – PART 1
NIGERUN
NIGERIACOMMONWEALTH 1920
NORFOLK ISLAND +COMMONWEALTH – PART 1
NORWAYHAGUE 2007
PAKISTANUN
PAPUA NEW GUINEACOMMONWEALTH – PART 1
PHILIPPINESUN
POLANDEU Regulation 4/2009
PORTUGALEU Regulation 4/2009
ROMANIAEU Regulation 4/2009
ST CHRISTOPHER (KITTS) AND NEVISCOMMONWEALTH 1920
ST HELENACOMMONWEALTH – PART 1
ST LUCIACOMMONWEALTH 1920
ST VINCENTCOMMONWEALTH 1920
SERBIAUN
SEYCHELLESCOMMONWEALTH 1920
SIERRA LEONECOMMONWEALTH 1920
SINGAPORECOMMONWEALTH – PART 1
SLOVAKIAEU Regulation 4/2009
SLOVENIAEU Regulation 4/2009
SOUTH AFRICA *COMMONWEALTH – PART 1
SPAIN (includes the Canary Islands)EU Regulation 4/2009
SRI LANKAUN, COMMONWEALTH 1920
SURINAMUN
SWAZILAND PROTECTORATECOMMONWEALTH 1920
SWEDENEU Regulation 4/2009
SWITZERLANDUN, HAGUE, LUGANO
TANZANIA (Except Zanzibar) *COMMONWEALTH – PART 1
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGOCOMMONWEALTH 1920
TUNISIAUN
TURKEYHAGUE 2007
TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS *COMMONWEALTH – PART 1
TUVALUCOMMONWEALTH – PART 1
UGANDACOMMONWEALTH 1920
UKRAINEHAGUE 2007
UNITED STATES  (Will trace)HAGUE 2007
UPPER VOLTAUN
URUGUAYUN
VIRGIN ISLANDSCOMMONWEALTH 1920
ZAMBIACOMMONWEALTH 1920
ZANZIBARCOMMONWEALTH 1920
ZIMBABWE *COMMONWEALTH – PART 1

Not affiliation orders

#       Not provisional affiliation orders

+       Not orders obtained by or in favour of a public authority

 NB:  COMMONWEALTH 1920 = MAINTENANCE ORDERS (FACILITIES FOR ENFORCEMENT) ACT 1920

COMMONWEALTH PART 1 = MAINTENANCE ORDERS (RECIPROCAL ENFORCEMENT) ACT 1972

For more help on a particular case, it is possible to contact either the relevant MEBC, or the REMO Unit at the Ministry of Justice; their contact details are:

• HM Courts & Tribunals Service Maintenance Enforcement Business Centres:

─ London: 020 7421 8657, or MEBC.London@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk ;
─ England excluding London: 0300 123 3034, or MEBC.BSE@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk ;
─ Wales: 01656 673833, or Wales_MEBC@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk ;

• REMO Unit: 020 3681 2757, or remo@offsol.gsi.gov.uk .

Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

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