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Conclusions & Recommendations of the Heidelberg Conference 2013
„International Recovery of Maintenance in the EU and Worldwide”

Over 230 Experts from all stakeholder groups in the field of child support and other forms of family maintenance came together in Heidelberg on 5 to 8 March 2013: judges, lawyers, case workers, academics, representatives from governments and the private sector from 43 countries all around the world.

The participants of the Heidelberg Conference examined and discussed the law on child support and other forms of family maintenance from international, legal, sociological, ethical, social and social policy perspectives. The legal issues of the EU Regulation No 4/2009, the 2007 Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and other Forms of Family Maintenance as well as the 2007 Hague Protocol on the Law Applicable to Maintenance Obligations were debated in detail. The question of private international law and the practical issues of cross-border recovery of maintenance were vividly addressed. There was a lively exchange about the different national child support systems and their functionality.

The pleasure of the togetherness in this broad variety of expertise and provenience and the vitality of the conversations created a special atmosphere throughout the conference. And the debates continued after the conference:

Participants and project partners avidly worked together on a paper in which they came up with conclusions and recommendations for improvements in the cross-border recovery and for amendments in the international instruments – the EU Regulation No 4/2009 and the 2007 Hague Convention. In addition, they described the next steps to take towards an established and strengthened cooperation of the worldwide community of international recovery of child support and other forms of family maintenance.

In that respect, the Conclusions & Recommendations of the participants of the Heidelberg Conference 2013 are a starting point for a global network of all those who want to be part of it. Let’s join in!

Conclusions & Recommendations of the Heidelberg Conference 2013

 

On behalf of all the partners Dr. Thomas Meysen Professional Director of the German Institute for Youth Human Services and Family Law