How to Request payment of child support in another Country

When it comes to ensuring child support, borders shouldn’t be barriers. The Hague Convention on Child Support paves the way for an organized process. Here’s a simple, step-by-step approach to help you request child support payment from another country:

Step 1: Understand the Hague Conventions for “Child Support Execution” 

Before we dive into the process, it’s essential to understand what the Hague Conventions are. Think of them as international agreements, similar to the way countries cooperate to combat child abduction. These conventions are like collective treaties signed by multiple countries (there are around 40), all aimed at dealing with specific issues. They’re named after the city where they’re established—The Hague in the Netherlands.

Step 2: Understanding Central Authorities

Central Authorities play a crucial role in this process. In simple language, think of them as government agencies. One Central Authority belongs to your government, and the other to the government of the country your ex-partner is in. These public agencies are like bridges connecting the two countries, working together to make the child support collection happen.

Step 3: Gather Your Documents

Collect essential documents related to child support. This includes court orders, agreements, and financial records—anything that supports your case for child support.

Step 4: Use an International Lawyer

To simplify the process and ensure effective results, consider hiring an international lawyer. They can handle the entire process on your behalf. They work closely with Central Authorities, and even engage partner lawyers in the other country to directly pursue enforcement in court.

Step 5: Lawyer Involvement

Your international lawyer will liaise with both Central Authorities. They’ll make sure all the necessary forms are completed accurately and promptly.

Step 6: Direct Involvement in Court Process

In collaboration with partner lawyers in the other country, your international lawyer can directly involve the court system for enforcement. This can expedite the collection process.

Step 7: Notification and Mediation

Your international lawyer takes charge of notifying your ex-partner about enforcement. They can also participate in mediation, negotiating with your ex-partner, their lawyer, and the debt resolution process.

Step 8: Crafting Agreements

International lawyers are skilled at crafting agreements and contracts that ensure timely payment. These legal contracts effectively compel the debtor to transfer child support directly into your bank account.

Step 9: Continuous Communication

Your international lawyer keeps in touch with Central Authorities, partner lawyers, and all parties involved. They maintain seamless communication to ensure efficient progress.

Step 10: Enforcement and Recovery

With legal expertise, your international lawyer ensures the enforcement process proceeds effectively, utilizing their knowledge of international law.

Step 11: Expert Updates

For the latest information on your case, rely on your international lawyer. They’ll keep you informed and ensure you’re aware of any developments.

Remember, every country has its own rules, so the process may vary. Hiring an international lawyer gives you a powerful advocate who understands international child support laws and can navigate the process on your behalf. By following this guide or seeking professional aid, you’re ensuring children get the support they need, regardless of borders.

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Dr. Mauricio Ejchel

Lawyer in Brazil

International Lawyer, graduated from the Law School of the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, Postgraduate in International Relations at Laureate International Universities, admitted to the Brazilian Bar in 1995, founding partner of MF Ejchel Advocacy International (est. 1996), law specialist commentator at the Brazilians TV Networks and columnist for Radio Justice, that belongs to the Brazilian Supreme Court.

Dr. Ejchel concentrates his expertise on international family law, lectures on international child abduction and other international family law topics on television and radio show and is frequently featured in the print media.

As an academic writer, has several legal articles published both in Portuguese and English.
With over 25 years of legal experience and commitment to the advocacy, he provides strategic legal advices based on his ability to manage complex cases and negotiate legal contingencies, being also an experienced barrister, obstinately acting before the Brazilian Courts in numerous lawsuits.