The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has issued guidance for separated couples on how to deal with cross-border child maintenance issues now that the UK has left the European Union.
These are some of the main points covered:
Enforcing decisions after Brexit
If you have a child maintenance decision that needs to be recognised and enforced in an EU country after Brexit, contact the Reciprocal Enforcement of Maintenance Orders (REMO) unit as soon as possible.
If your maintenance case was resolved and has been recognised by the relevant court in an EU country before Brexit, you should not be affected.
New cases after Brexit
If you make new or further cross-border applications after Brexit, your application may need to be made under a different process.
However, you should still contact the Reciprocal Enforcement of Maintenance Orders (REMO) unit for assistance with the enforcement of cross-border maintenance decisions.
If you have an ongoing cross-border maintenance case about payments for a child or spouse/registered partner, your case will continue unchanged.
Cases where all parties are in the UK
The Child Maintenance Service applies to cases where the paying parent, the receiving parent and the child are all in the UK; it will not change.
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