U.S. Moving Toward Ratification of the Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support


U.S. Moving Toward Ratification of the Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support

The U.S. House on June 5, 2012 advanced toward the country’s ratification of the Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support, as reported by the Congressional Research Service.  The proposed treaty, which is formally titled the Hague Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance calls for signatories (signing countries) to cooperate in enforcing each other’s child support and alimony collections.  Specifically, the Convention would provide for the establishment of applications and procedures to enforce such support in other signatory countries.

This is a positive step toward what should be seen as a universal goal – the enforcement of order for child support and alimony/family support worldwide, and preventing individuals from shirking their obligations by taking refuge in other countries.  Sadly, per the Hague Convention, only Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Norway have actually ratified the treaty, while six other members (including the U.S.) have signed the treaty but have yet to ratify.  This is in stark contrast to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of Child Abduction, which has been ratified by over 90 countries as of this year.

 


About Gavin K. Doi

Gavin, a founding partner of Doi/Luke, was born and reared in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, graduating from McKinley High School, and receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Reed College in Portland, Oregon. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver College of Law in Denver, Colorado. Previously, Gavin worked with the Child Support Enforcement Agency and the AmeriCorps Domestic Violence Clinic. An advocate of pro bono legal work, Gavin volunteers time with Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii and the Hawai’i State Bar Association.In 2013, Gavin co-authored the book Child Custody Litigation and Settlements (Aspatore Books/Thomson West), penning the section "Working with Your Client Towards a Successful Child Custody Case." Gavin is a member of the Hawaii State Bar Association and the HSBA Family Law Section, and was presented with the 2002 Justice Award by the Hawaii State Bar Association, which honors one lawyer annually for their outstanding contribution to the ideals of justice. The Hawaii Access to Justice Commission honored Gavin in 2012 for his pro bono service to the community.Gavin has extensive experience in divorce, paternity, child custody, child support, restraining orders, and other family law matters, and has a Distinguished rating with Martindale-Hubble®/Lawyers.com, and an Avvo rating of 10 out of 10. He can be e-mailed at: gkdoi@islandlawyers.com .

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