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Parents watch as international child support treaty moves forward

Many parents face difficulty in collecting unpaid child support from their former partner. In addition to the daily responsibilities of raising and caring for one or more children, many New Jersey parents find themselves having to play the part of bill collector when the other parent neglects to meet his or her child support obligations. This scenario is challenging when the other parent lives on the other side of town. Imagine the complications when that parent lives on the other side of the world.

There may be hope on the horizon for parents who are struggling to enforce child support orders across international lines. The 2007 Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance has been signed by the U.S., as well as several other countries, but as of yet only one nation has actually ratified the treaty.

In a bill passed by the House on June 5, the U.S. will be able to move forward toward ratification of the treaty. Although it will still require approval by the Senate, it appears that ratification may be possible in the near future. The treaty has received overwhelming support as it has moved through the political process. The National Child Support Enforcement Association (NCSEA) has joined multiple state departments of human services in backing the bill.

The treaty would establish a standardized process for communicating information between countries. It would also serve as a commitment to work with member countries to enforce existing child support orders regardless of the physical location of the parents. For those parents in New Jersey and across the U.S. who struggle to collect unpaid child support from parents who have left the country, the treaty offers hope that their children will get the benefit of the support that they deserve.

Source: Daily Reporter, "House acts on international child support treaty," Jim Abrams, June 5, 2012

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