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CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT - Country Specific United Kingdom


DISCLAIMER:THE INFORMATION IN THIS SITE RELATING TO THE LEGAL REQUIREMENTS OF SPECIFIC FOREIGN COUNTRIES IS PROVIDED FOR GENERAL INFORMATION ONLY AND MAY NOT BE TOTALLY ACCURATE IN A PARTICULAR CASE. QUESTIONS INVOLVING INTERPRETATION OF SPECIFIC FOREIGN LAWS SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO FOREIGN COUNSEL.

Summary

  • There is no federal bilateral child support enforcement agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom.
  • Discussions about improving the global system of cross-border maintenance claims are under way at the Hague Conference on Private International Law and its Works in Progress Maintenance Obligations website carries information about the work done so far by participating countries.
  • The following U.S. states have state level arrangements with the United Kingdom for reciprocal child support enforcement.  Your U.S. state IV-D Agency Office of Child Support Enforcement may apply directly to the appropriate U.K. authority for assistance. 

U.S. State Jurisdiction With Reciprocity Arrangements With the United Kingdom

U.K. Jurisdiction
Based on HHS/ACF/OCSE IRG State Profile

Alaska

England

Arizona

United Kingdom

Arkansas

United Kingdom

California

Bermuda; United Kingdom

Colorado

United Kingdom

Connecticut

Bermuda; United Kingdom

Delaware

England

Florida

United Kingdom

Georgia

United Kingdom

Hawaii

Great Britain

Idaho

Bermuda; United Kingdom

Illinois

Bermuda; United Kingdom

Indiana

England

Iowa

United Kingdom

Kentucky

United Kingdom

Louisiana

United Kingdom

Maine

United Kingdom

Maryland

United Kingdom

Massachusetts

United Kingdom

Michigan

Great Britain

Minnesota

United Kingdom

Missouri

United Kingdom

Nevada

United Kingdom

New Jersey

Bermuda; United Kingdom

New York

United Kingdom

North Carolina

United Kingdom

North Dakota

England

Ohio

United Kingdom

Oklahoma

United Kingdom

Oregon

United Kingdom

Pennsylvania

United Kingdom

South Dakota

United Kingdom

Tennessee

United Kingdom

Texas

United Kingdom

Utah

United Kingdom

Virginia

United Kingdom

Washington (State)

United Kingdom

Wisconsin

United Kingdom


Questions From U.S. States:

See model Policy Declaration of the IV-D Agency of a U.S. State – U.K.

If your state IV-D Agency Office of Child Support Enforcement is not familiar with the practice, contact the:


U.K. Procedures

The United Kingdom Maintenance Orders (Reciprocal Enforcement) Act 1972 was amended to include specified states of the United States in 1993 and amended again, in 1995, to extend full reciprocal enforcement of orders and judgments for arrears to specified states of the United States (Schedule 1).  The U.K. Reciprocal Enforcement of Maintenance Orders (REMO) Section is currently considering requests from non-specified U.S. States to be added to Schedule 1.

Requests should be sent by your IV-D Agency Office of Child Support Enforcement directly to the appropriate U.K. authority.


See U.K.


See U.S.

See the National Child Support Enforcement Association NCSEA United Kingdom Page ( http://www.ncsea.org/international/uk/) for forms and procedures, relevant laws, contact information and an overview of the process.

U.K. Laws, Regulations, Other Instruments

United Kingdom Maintenance Orders (Reciprocal Enforcement) Act (1972)
Home Office Circular 89/1984
Children Act (1989)
U.K. Child Support Act of 1991
Maintenance Orders Reciprocal Enforcement Act (1992)
Reciprocal Enforcement of Maintenance Orders, Hague Convention Countries (1993)
Child Support Act (1995)
Reciprocal Enforcement of Maintenance Orders, Designation of Reciprocating Countries (2002)
Reciprocal Enforcement of Maintenance Orders, Facilities for Enforcement, Revocation Order (2002)


United Kingdom Child Support Enforcement Authorities:

United Kingdom Child Support Enforcement Authorities

England and Wales

REMO Section
Dept for Constitutional Affairs
4th Fl, Selbourne House, 54-60 Victoria Street
London SW1 6QW
United Kingdom
Tel:  011-44-207-210-1257
Fax:  011-44-207-210-1265

Scotland

Civil Justice & International Division
St. Andrew’s House/Regent Road
Edinburgh EH1 3DG
Scotland DX Box No. 557007
Tel:  011-44-131-244-4827
Fax:  011-44-131-244-4848

Northern Ireland

The Lord Chancellor’s Dept
Windsor House
Bedford Street
Belfast BT2 7EA, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Isle of Man

The Secretary of State Home Office
C2 Division
Queen Anne’s Gate
London SW1H 9AT
United Kingdom


U.K. Child Support Web Pages

International

REMO Office:


Department for Constitutional Affairs:


Scotland:


Domestic (For U.K. residents Only)


U.K. Requests for Reciprocal Enforcement of Maintenance in the United States


Reference:

U.S. Department of State


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Non-Governmental Organizations


International Organizations


Readings (Read More About It)

  • Lessons from the New English and Australian Child Support Systems, J. Thomas Oldham, 29 Vand. J. Transnat'l L. 691 (1996).
  • Child SupportIn The U.K.: Making The Move From Court To Agency, Mavis Maclean, 31 Hous. L. Rev. 515 (1994).
  • Comments On Child Support In The U.K.: Making The Move From Court To Agency, Gwynn Davis, 31 Hous. L. Rev. 539 (1994).