Regular readers of my blog are probably familiar with the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.
Another Hague conference is convened to consider entering another treaty even as I post, a treaty to permit child support obligations entered in one country to be enforced in other countries that are parties to the treaty. One hundred countries are in attendance.
Such a convention would close a “loophole” that some noncustodial parents are only too happy to avail themselves of – leaving the country to avoid paying support (with impunity).
Currently, enforcement of US child support obligations overseas is hit or miss, depending on the country in which enforcement is sought.
In our increasingly mobile society, The Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance is an idea whose time has come.