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Int'l child support enforcement measure could help Missouri

New legislation has been passed aimed at helping Missouri and other states collect child support payments from overseas parents. The U.S. House approved the measure earlier this month, sending it on to the Senate for possible action.

The new legislation lays out implementation details of a 2007 international treaty on child support. The aim of the treaty is to help ensure that parents receiving payments continue to do so even when the paying parent moves overseas. The U.S., European Union and other European countries all signed the 2007 Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance, but only one country has ratified it to date.

Child support enforcement advocates note that the U.S. currently has bilateral child support agreements with 15 other countries, but there is thought to be room for improvement in the language and implementation of processes. They say not all countries process requests from the U.S. for enforcement. Some states even find families waiting up to five years for support payments to be established with overseas parents, even in cases which are covered by the bilateral agreement.

The Senate consented to the treaty in 2010 but the House bill adds the implementation language that now needs Senate approval. The new bill also standardizes the process of information sharing across countries, which experts say should streamline processes. The National Child Support Enforcement Association has voiced its support for ratification of the treaty as more parents move overseas and leave a financial burden and wake in their absence.

Finding a positive balance for child support payments can be challenging for couples who happen to live just blocks apart. For couples where one parent decides to move overseas, the challenges can be intensified and require particular skills offered by an experienced attorney. The hope is that once ratified, this new treaty will help speed things up, too.

Source: The Columbia Daily Tribune, "House acts on international child support treaty," Jim Abrams, Associated Press, June 8, 2012

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